Canada Soccer cancels Iran football friendly: statement

Canadian football authorities cancelled an upcoming friendly against Iran on Thursday following a backlash against the game led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canada’s game against fellow World Cup qualifiers Iran in Vancouver on June 5 was seen by Canadian football authorities as pivotal preparation for this year’s finals in Qatar in one of the few remaining international windows of 2022.

However, the fixture provoked a storm of controversy, with Trudeau voicing opposition to the game, describing it this week as a “bad idea.”