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Publish Date: 15 January 2022 - 11:48
TEHRAN - The Secretary General of the Football Federation emphasized that the Football Federation will soon pass laws that require clubs in Iran to obtain professional and national licenses.
 Hassan Kamranifar initially said: "It has been 20 years since the Champions League was born in 2002, when the Club Cup and the Asian Cup were merged.  During this time, the AFC is updating its rules and regulations and enforcing them more strictly.
 He continued: "In the new disciplinary laws that were introduced last year, teams can complain to each other by providing documentary evidence."  In addition, individuals and legal entities had the opportunity to submit their complaint by sending an email with documents from a club.  Management, financial and debt accumulation problems are not problems that can be solved by documenting and reporting untrue.  I would like to thank Dr. Sajjadi, the Minister of Sports and Youth, and the current CEOs of Persepolis and Esteghlal.  The Minister of Sports brought to an appropriate point the issues that the previous managers had promised and did not fulfill.  These were problems left over from the past.
 The Secretary General of the Football Federation added: "Indeed, these issues should have been done years ago, but Dr. Sajjadi came in and accepted to take important measures, the effects of which we will see in the future."  The actions of the Minister of Sports were operational, unlike in the past, and we are sure that with this practical policy and the positive measures that he is taking now, lasting work will be done to professionalize the clubs.  His role is to solve significant problems, and we are glad that he has a good understanding of the professional status of clubs and the strictures of the AFC.  With the strategic policies of the Minister of Sports, the two clubs of Persepolis and Esteghlal will be in line with professional standards in the near future.  With these great works, it has actually paved the way for the future, and we will not see any more problems left by the past.  The past managers of these two clubs must answer.  There should be no compliments.  Residual debt was the clearest message to the decision-making authority.
 Kamranifar further clarified: The signing of a cooperation agreement between the Asian Football Confederation and a German company to review the documents of the clubs in this period showed that the issue of professionalization is not a joke at all.  Evidence of this claim is the elimination of Al-Muharraq Bahrain, the champion of last season's AFC Cup, from this year's Asian Champions League.  Clubs in China and a number of clubs in Australia, Japan, the UAE and Qatar also failed to obtain licenses to compete, and well-known Saudi clubs did not receive professional licenses from their respective football federations.  It is surprising that our country's clubs, instead of realizing the importance of the issue and taking action to solve problems and shortcomings in the future, throw the ball to the ground of others.  Evidence of this claim is also Golgohar Sirjan Club, which was approved by the preliminary committee but was rejected by the AFC.  The way that Sepahan and Foolad clubs went is the best example now.  Of course, the government and Dr. Sajjadi also helped.
 "If we think that by presenting false reports, we can divert the path of professional football, this is a very dangerous and wrong action," Kamranifar said.  Threaten domestic and international dimensions.  On the other hand, it should be added that the major income of clubs in the world comes from the legal right and the law of copyright and branding.  If these rules were applied in sports, especially football in our country, other clubs would not be in debt and could easily walk in the professional world.  The esteemed parliament and the educated government must pass and implement certain laws to get out of this space, which, thank God, is being pursued.  The removal of our country's representatives from Asia, if not taken seriously, could affect national football in the future and damage our country's image in the international community.
 In the end, he said: "The federation, along with other pillars of the country's sports, is trying to remove legal obstacles from the way of clubs, but clubs must also accept that they have to redouble their efforts to become professionals in order to seriously pursue professional conditions."  We are with the clubs, and we will continue to accompany them on the opportunity set by the AFC to achieve their rights.  We hope that the problems will be solved once and for all and we will not see such problems again.  In conclusion, I must say that laws will soon be passed in the Football Federation that clubs in Iran must also have the conditions to obtain a professional and national license.
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