FIFA executive member Evelina Christillin insists they ‘never discussed’ excluding Iran from the 2022 World Cup over barring female fans, while the idea of bringing Italy into the tournament is ‘utopia.’
There were suggestions FIFA would take action after Iran barred women from entering the stadium for their World Cup qualifier against Lebanon, even those 2,000 who had already purchased tickets.
As Iran have already been warned before, this might even have seen them excluded from the World Cup, with another nation called up in their place.
Sport Mediaset argued Italy would be contenders as the highest-placed side in the FIFA World Rankings who had not qualified.
However, FIFA executive member Christillin threw cold water over the entire outlandish theory.
“We had a FIFA executive meeting on Wednesday in Qatar and today had a congress with all the delegations, including Iran,” Christillin told Radio Uno.
“We never discussed excluding them from the World Cup. Even if they were, it would be another Asian side that was promoted in their place.
“Let’s just get this idea out of our heads that Italy could go to the World Cup, it’s impossible and the notion they could be recalled is utopia.”
Italy lost the play-off semi-final to North Macedonia, who in turn were then beaten 2-0 by Portugal in the final.
The Azzurri will miss out on the World Cup for the second edition in a row after 2018, but before that their only absence was in 1958.
The draw for the 2022 World Cup finals will be held tomorrow.
Qatar 22, Christillin: “Mai discusso dell’esclusione dell’Iran. Ripescaggio dell’Italia è utopia” https://t.co/Ck2j2WLNmP
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