Wednesday 6 January 2010
Iranian soccer official forgot to remember to forget Israel
An Iranian soccer federation official has reportedly resigned after his office sent a New Year greeting to Israel.
Mohammad-Manour Azimzadeh, who heads the Iran Football Federation's foreign relations office, quit over the gaffe and the federation's president apologized. The foreign relations office sent New Year's greetings to all members of FIFA, soccer's global federation, but forgot to omit Israel from its list.
Israel's soccer federation replied positively to the message, according to reports but Iranian athletes do not compete against Israeli athletes, including in the Olympics.