Former USA national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has come under intense criticism, particularly from Iranian fans after his recent sentiments about the Iran players. Klinsmann recently took aim at Iran’s tactics following the nation’s 2-0 win over Wales in World Cup Group B.
The 1990 World Cup winner claimed Iran players and coaches constantly being in the referee’s ear throughout the game was a deliberate strategy to make Wales lose their focus.
These remarks sparked outrage from the Iranian football federation and coach Carlos Queiroz, who slammed the German in a series of tweets.
“Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority,” The Iran coach said on Twitter.
“No matter how much I can respect what you did inside the pitch, those remarks about Iran culture, Iran national team and my players are a disgrace to football.” “Nobody can hurt our integrity if it is not at our level, of course,” the veteran former Portugal coach added.
Fox sport reports Klinsmann, who must have surely noted the fire that came with his comments, went on to issue a rejoinder as he claimed his comments may have been taken out of context.
He hopes to speak to the Iran boss to iron things out. As a manager, Klinsmann guided the US to the knockout stages in the 2014 World Cup, but was sacked in 2016 after failing to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament after losses to Mexico and Costa Rica.