TEHRAN (Xinhua) --
Head coach of Iran’s national football team Carlos Queiroz has
called on FIFA to intervene after U.S. sportswear giant Nike
said it would not provide shoes to Iranian players in the World
Cup in line with U.S. sanctions, Press TV reported on Thursday.
“Players get used to
their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week
before such important matches,” Queiroz was quoted as saying.
“We call on FIFA to
come to our help in this issue,” he said.
Iran’s first Group B
match will be held against Morocco in St. Petersburg on June 15
and Iranian players will have to wear another brand while 60
percent of all players will be wearing Nike’s shoes in the
32-team World Cup.
Nike said its
decision was in line with U.S. President Donald Trump’s
announcement in May to withdraw the United States from Iran’s
nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
The sanctions are to
kick in six months after the announcement, but a number of
European companies have jumped the gun and already started
winding down business in Iran.