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Publish Date: 09 September 2021 - 16:54
TEHRAN – FIFA President Gianni Infantino remembering the match between Iran and Spain in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, praised the Iranian football fans.
 In the meeting held this afternoon in Doha, Infantino called Iranian football as one of the best in Asia and added: "I love Iranian football fans, I watched the Iran-Spain game in Kazan and the unceasing enthusiasm that the Iranian spectators had toward their national team was very interesting to me."
 Infantino continued: "In this short time that the President of the Iranian Football Federation has taken office, many positive changes have been evident, one of the most important has been attention to women's football."
Infantino pointed out: The Iranian government has obligations towards the statutes of the Football Federation, which should be fulfilled on the due date and approved by the relevant bodies.
 He said: "The follow-up of the Football Federation in the discussion of hosting is commendable and I hope that two important issues of VAR and the presence of women in stadiums will be solved and Iran-Korea games will be hosted by Iran with the presence of women and VAR."
Azizi Khadem invited FIFA President to attend one of the matches hosted in Iran to watch the game in the stadium.
 Infantino accepted the invitation and it was decided that the Iranian Federation would officially invite the Federations of neighboring countries and Qatar to travel to be the guest of Iran at that time.
 Another issue that Infantino and Azizi Khadem agreed on was a charity match between the second team of Iranian stars and FIFA stars hosted by Iran.
 Infantino mentioned legends such as Ali Daei, Ali Karimi and Mehdi Mahdavi Kia and considered their presence in the team of Iranian football stars as a trophy.
 Azizi Khadem told Infantino: "People get better results when they work sincerely and with their heart."
 He attributed the success of FIFA in recent years was the avoidance of fringes and flexible personality and the observance of professional principles and non-interference of politics in football.
 In the end, Infantino praised the youth and high motivation of Azizi Khadem as two important elements and preconditions for success and said: "I hope you will be active technically and diplomatically." The FIFA President stated that he hopes to meet the President of Iran during his trip to Iran in February or March and at that time he would receive more updated information about football and related activities.
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