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Tehran - Iran Soccer Chief Apologizes for Sending Israel New Year’s Card

Published on: January 3, 2010 11:16 PM
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Ali Kaffashian, seen here in 2008, said the New Years e-mail to Israels soccer federation was a big mistake.Ali Kaffashian, seen here in 2008, said the New Years e-mail to Israels soccer federation was a big mistake.

Tehran - The head of Iran’s soccer federation issued a public apology and a member of his staff resigned after the federation mistakenly sent a New Year’s greeting to its counterpart in Israel, Iranian officials announced Sunday.

“It was a big mistake sending an e-mail to Israel’s football federation,” Ali Kaffashian, president of the Iran Football Federation, said in a statement carried by the semi-official Mehrs News Agency. “However, I am sure the director of the foreign relations office didn’t do it on purpose.”

Kaffashian said Iran’s soccer league routinely sends New Year’s greetings to all members of FIFA, the sport’s global federation, except for Israel. Iran does not recognize Israel, which it dismisses as the “Zionist entity,” and the two countries’ teams do not meet in international competitions.

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Mohammad-Mansour Azimzadeh Ardebili, the head of the league’s foreign relations office, resigned over the matter, Kaffashian said.


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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Did he resign or was he killed

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:24 PM send one back israel! Says:

dont apologize dont resign. laugh about and arrange an israel vs. iran game. this is a perfect way to start a real peace process with them.

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:24 PM Wow Says:

Not surprised but just wow. So much hate its unbelieveable! A guy resigns for sending a meaningless New Years card!

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:27 PM Anonymous Says:

The resignation was warranted on timing considerations alone since they were nearly 4 months late in wishing the Israel team a shahah tovah.

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:32 PM Al Chet Says:

He needs to do a Carter Al Chet.

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:33 PM A yid Says:

In other words a Muslim gets into trouble for sends a Jew a Christian Newyear's greeting.

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 Jan 03, 2010 at 11:43 PM nudnik Says:

Israel should send one back, signed with peace and love

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 12:27 AM reverse psychology Says:

don’t you get it? this is a simple childish ploy to get some more anti-Israel rhetoric our there...(reverse psychology)

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 01:36 AM 5T Resident Says:

LOL. Only in Iran. Tipshim.

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 02:25 AM Anonymous Says:

LOL. He had to apologize to his own people? Probably over the embarrassment of having possession of the Israelis' email address in the first place. "How can you have their email address when they don't exist??" Yeah, we'd love to hear your explanation too.

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 07:34 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
send one back israel! Says:

dont apologize dont resign. laugh about and arrange an israel vs. iran game. this is a perfect way to start a real peace process with them.

How can you arrange a game with a country that doesn't exist ( in your eyes)?

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 09:12 AM Anonymous Says:

I wanna know one thing about Iran. When is Israel gonna bomb the bejesus out of those nuclear facilities.

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 12:26 PM Dave Says:

His rhetoric resembles that of the Neturei Karta....

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 12:31 PM Anonymous Says:

all of this is from the khomieni era. people who remember under the shah remember israel playing iran. furthermore ,if they both qualified for the world cup and had to play each other i think iran would play [unless they' re afraid to lose like the U.S.A,.plaid them in the world cup even though they were enemies.

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 12:50 PM MURRAY Says:

When wishing one a "Happy New Year" (for Jan 1st) shouldn't at least one or the other party recognize it, calendar -wise as the start of a new year? Why would I, for example wish a Greek friend of mine a Happy New Year on Chinese New Year of the monkey, pig, etc.?

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 Jan 04, 2010 at 09:04 PM Anonymous Says:

This is totally outragous so much hate in these guys!!!!!!!!!

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 Jan 05, 2010 at 11:51 AM Reb Yid Says:

That show you how meaningless the other new year's wishes were--just names on a list.

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