0726 GMT January 20, 2021
Members of the Iran Football Federation presiding board are authorized to take part in the upcoming election for the presidency of the sport’s governing body, said the legal affairs officer at the federation.
Safiollah Faghanpour said on Wednesday that “according to the new statutes of the federation, there is no legal barrier for any of the eight board members to be nominated for the role.”
Secretary-General Mohammad-Mehdi Nabi had said that the election could take place in late February after the new statutes – approved by world football body, FIFA, in June – were ratified by the federation’s Public Assembly last Saturday.
Nabi is joined by caretaker chief Heidar Baharvand, ex-referees Fereydoon Esfahanian and Hedayat Mombeini, as well as Mahmoud Shiei, Abdolkazem Taleqani, Mahmoud Eslamian, and Leila Soufizadeh, the head of women’s football affairs, in the presiding board.
The next president will replace Mehdi Taj who stepped down from his role last December due to what he said at the time was a “health issue.”