Russia-Iran Friendly Will Not Be Held in Moscow, Official Says
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The friendly football match between the Russian and Iranian national teams will not be held in Moscow, capital of Russia, Vitaly Mutko, the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told TASS.
A source close to the situation told TASS last week that the RFU and the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) reached an agreement to hold a friendly football match between the two national teams in Russia on October 10.
"We will come up soon with an official statement," Mutko, who also serves as a Russian deputy prime minister, said. "We are still in talks on a possible venue for the match."
"The game will be undoubtedly held in Russia, but Moscow is not the venue," Mutko stated. "Two options are currently negotiated."
Iran, which holds 24th place in the most recently published FIFA World Rankings list, has already passed the qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and secured the birth in the global quadrennial football tournament, which will be held next year for the first time in Russia.
Russia, ranked 62nd in FIFA World Rankings, played a friendly match against Iran in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in February 2011, losing the game 0-1. The team of the former Soviet Union played against Iran on three occasions winning all of them - in 1976 (Olympic Games 2-1), in 1978 (1-0) and in 1985 (2-0).