The Canadian soccer federation announced on Thursday that the friendly match scheduled against Iran on June 5 at BC Place in Vancouver has been cancelled.
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At the time of this writing, Canada Soccer had not specified the exact reasons for this decision.
However, the outcome is hardly surprising, because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had publicly expressed his disagreement about ten days ago with regard to the holding of this men’s soccer duel.
Relations between the two countries remain tense, in particular due to a passenger plane shot down by an Iranian missile in Tehran in January 2020.
“It was a Soccer Canada choice. I don’t think it was a very good idea to invite the Iranian soccer team here, to Canada, but that’s something the organizers have to explain,” Trudeau said earlier this month. .
On Monday, he reiterated his disapproval of the match project, without however wanting to intervene in the work of customs officers.
“I expressed my concerns that I think this game is a bad idea,” he said. I can assure you that Sports Canada did not provide any funding for this game. Regarding the ability of these players to come to Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency [ASFC] makes professional and independent decisions about people’s eligibility to come to Canada.”
Head coach John Herdman’s squad will wait until June 9 before returning to action. They will host Curacao at BC Place in a CONCACAF Nations League A clash. Four days later, he will visit Honduras.
Canada and Iran will take part in the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.
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