Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his disagreement with the holding of a soccer match between Canada and Iran, which is to be held on June 5 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
This friendly duel, which is intended to be the “pre-world phase”, must precede a match against Curaçao at the same place four days later in a duel of the CONCACAF Nations League.
“It was a Soccer Canada choice. I don't think it was a very good idea to invite the Iranian soccer team here, to Canada, but that's something the organizers have to explain," he said during a briefing. press Tuesday morning.
Trudeau was asked about it as families who lost loved ones on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 said the game was a "slap in the face."
Recall that this flight was shot down in January 2020 by an Iranian missile a few moments after starting its takeoff from Tehran.
Canada secured a second appearance at the World Cup - and their first since 1986 - by finishing atop the CONCACAF final qualifying group, ahead of Mexico and the United States.
The event will kick off on November 21 for the team led by head coach John Herdman and the other 31 nations involved and conclude on December 18. The maple leaf will play in Group F alongside Belgium, Croatia and Morocco.