Ottawa (The Times Groupe)- The Canadian men’s national soccer team will play its first match on Canadian soil since qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on June 5. In an international friendly at BC Place, the Canadian men’s national soccer team will host Iran national football team, ranked 21st. Iran Flight 752
Though it is already proving to be a hot ticket, some, including the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, believe organizers should have chosen a different opponent.
In a media scrum Tuesday, Justin Trudeau said that Sport Canada and Soccer Canada made this decision. Inviting the Iranian soccer team to Canada was a bad idea.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) delibrately shot down Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 minutes after it took off from Tehran airport on Jan. 8, 2020. According to reports, 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents were among the 176 people killed in the terrorist attack.
“It’s like we’ve been betrayed by the government and Soccer Canada,” said Hamed Esmaeilion, a spokesperson for an advocacy group seeking justice for flight 752 victims’ families.
Hamed’s wife and daughter were among the 176 people who died on that day, 55 of whom were Canadians. The Iranian team should not have been granted visas in the first place, he says.The Iranian team should not have been granted visas in the first place, he says.
Esmaeilion via Zoom in Toronto said, “I think canceling it is the best course of action.” “Find another team.”. Families are outraged and disappointed.”
In a statement, Canada Soccer told CTV News it “believes in sport’s ability to bring people from different backgrounds and political beliefs together” for a common goal. “Canada Soccer continues to comply with all international protocols.”
Esmaelion says the game sends a mixed message, since many Canadian families and the federal government are still searching for justice for their loved ones.
What does it mean to invite a soccer team here and play a friendly game when we want to take them to an international court of justice or international forum?”
During the match, Esmaelion plans to protest with other families of the victims in front of BC Place.
It is a soccer match that is becoming political.