Leading Ukrainian soccer club Shakhtar Donetsk have called for ‘terrorists’ Iran to be banned from playing at the Qatar 2022 World Cup and Ukraine to replace them.
Iran are reported to have supplied drones to Russia which in recent weeks have been used to bomb infrastructure and other civilian targets causing deaths.
Iranian authorities have denied any involvement in the conflict but Western nations have imposed sanctions on Tehran over Moscow’s use of the drones.
Ukraine was invaded by Russia in February. FIFA and UEFA subsequently banned Russia from playing international football.
Ukraine’s team reached the final stage of UEFA’s qualification play-offs but suffered defeat to Wales in June.
Iran, coached by Portuguese manager Carlos Queiroz, are in a group with USA, England and Wales.
“While the Iranian leadership will have fun watching their national team play at the World Cup,…