'Persian Gulf' on FIFA website, oil monarchies protest

25 September, 16:34

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    (ANSAmed) - DUBAI - International football federation FIFA has started referring to the Arabian Gulf as Persian Gulf on its website and official statements, sparking an international row.
    ''Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have contacted members of the Asian Football Federation's executive bureau to assess a situation which they see as a nonsensical move by FIFA'', Gulf News reported an unidentified source as telling Saudi paper Okaz.
    The six football federations of GCC countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman - have also initiated coordinated action towards Fifa.
    The issue of the name given to the gulf where oil monarchies on one side and Iran on the other are located and through which 40% of the world's crude oil travels is controversial.
    In 2009 the Islamic Solidarity Games Federation based in Saudi Arabia suspended the games which were scheduled to take place in Tehran because Iran insisted on publicizing the event as taking place in the 'Persian Gulf'.
    The following year Iran closed the Egyptian stand at the international book fair in Tehran because it had on one of its shelves a book with 'Arabian Gulf' in its title. (ANSAmed).

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