The hosting right depends on the payment of the TV broadcast right
TEHERAN – The football association is determined to allow the Iranian national team to play their home games of the third round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the country.
Iran will begin its training camp on August 25; However, it is still unclear whether Iran will be able to play their home games on home soil.
There are several reasons why the Asian Football Association (AFC) has not yet announced the location of Iran’s home games. The Covid-19 problems in the country are still in question; However, the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has announced that most of the problems facing Iran have been resolved, with the exception of one problem that appears to be a major obstacle.
According to the comments of the FFIRI officials, from President Shahabeddin Azizi Khadem to the Secretary General and some members of the FFIRI Board, the question of the organization of the World Cup qualification now only depends on the payment of the television broadcasting rights of the Iranian radio and television competitions as the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), to the AFC.
Iran lost their hosting rights in the second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers due to issues identified by the AFC as advertising, broadcasting and logistics issues.
The FFIRI does not want to host the rival outside of Iran for the second year in a row. So far, Iraq has announced its home game against Iran in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Round 3 will take place in Doha, Qatar, as a neutral venue.
The Iranian Football Association has so far taken steps to resolve the problems related to the lighting or high-speed internet at the Azadi Stadium. However, television and media law is still an issue that the directors of the IRIB should resolve.
Mirshad Majedi, member of the board of directors of FFIRI, stated bluntly in this connection: “If the money for the broadcasting rights is not transferred to the AFC within the next few days, we will lose the right to host our games. I hope that with the measures taken by the officials of the IRIB in coordination with the football association, the amount requested by the AFC will be paid so that we can accommodate our rivals in the Azadi Stadium as in previous years. “
Iran begins the third round of World Cup qualification 2022 with a game against Syria on September 2nd.