The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is yet to respond to a complaint lodged by the Syrian Football Federation over the host venue of the upcoming World Cup qualification match between Iran and Syria, according to the Arabic sports website Kooora.
The Asian football governing body has approved Tehran’s Azadi Stadium as the host of Thursday’s encounter in Group A of the final round of the Asian qualifiers, which also features South Korea, the UAE, Iraq, and Lebanon, ISNA reported.
However, Ibrahim Abazid, the secretary-general of the Syrian federation, on Friday said his organization has filed a complaint to the AFC over its decision, citing “the rising number of the coronavirus cases in Iran, while the Azadi Stadium is yet to be equipped with the video assistant referee (VAR) technology,” which will be an obligatory for the remainder of the qualifiers in Asia.
The Syrian official said the AFC decision “could change at any moment and we are ready for new plans.”
Abazid added Syria has also asked the AFC to give the go-ahead for the fans to participate in Syria’s home fixtures, which are to be held in Jordan.
Speaking to Kooora, a source in the Syrian federation familiar with the matter said, “We are yet to receive a response from the AFC regarding the cancelation of the game in Tehran, but we will push for the match to be played in a neutral venue.”
Iran’s preparation for the match kicked off in Tehran on Thursday with the overseas players joining the training camp following the weekend’s action in Europe and Asia.
Iran will fly to the UAE to face Iraq on September 7.