Canada cancels Iran friendly amid opposition

Canada cancels Iran friendly amid opposition

May 27, 2022 by - SOCCER

Key Facts

  • The game had drawn opposition from politicians and the families of the Canadians who died aboard a Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down near Tehran in January, 2020 by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
  • "Over the past week, the untenable geopolitical situation of hosting Iran became significantly divisive, and in response, the match was cancelled," Canada Soccer said in a statement.
  • Canada Soccer also said it will conduct a review of its process for the hosting of international matches and that it is working to find an alternative opponent.
  • A special Canadian forensic team had produced a report in mid-2021 that accused Iran of incompetence and recklessness over the downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane.

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