The ever fascinating world of Iranian politics took another interesting turn when Mohammad Aliabad, head of Iran’s Physical Education Organization(PEO), cancelled games between his nation’s soccer team with Egyptian or British teams. He cited the introduction of politics. “The games were cancelled for political reasons. A complaint was made over mixing politics and sports,” said Iranian official Ali Kafashian. The Egyptian Football Association on Friday cancelled a friendly match with Iran over showing of an Iranian film on the assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
Diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran ended in 1980 after Egypt recognized Israel and the decision of the Egyptian government to offer refuge for the deposed Shah of Iran. The last thing needed in the ever volatile Middle East is another conflict between nations. Hopefully, we can let the games begin and hope it removes a bit of the tension currently in the region.