President of FIFA
To: President of FIFA, Mr. BLATTER
Dear respected President of FIFA, Mr. JOSEPH S. BLATTER,
It is very disappointed to see that the Arabian countries like, Qatar, U.A.E, Kuwait,… use the fake name of “Arabian Gulf”, instead of using its historical and actual name “Persian Gulf” in their Soccer or any other sports tournaments.
Iranian Football Federation (IFF) announced that Qatar is using and willing to use the fake name of “Arabian Gulf”, instead of “Persian Gulf”, for Asian Games 2006 in DOHA. IFF will boycott the Asian games 2006 and any other tournaments, if they continue to use the fake name of “Arabian Gulf”, IFF declared.
It is important to note that the “Persian Gulf” is the historic name of the waters that have been used since time immemorial. The ancient Greeks referred to the waters as Sinus Persicus, the Romans called it Mare Persicum, and the Arabs, for centuries, referred to it as Al-Khalij
Al-Farsia or Al-Bahr Al-Fars.
The reason the Persian Gulf has remained the Persian Gulf for so long is because it allows those referencing the body of water to remain neutral in a sensitive region by sticking with the term that has been used for thousands of years, and has historic roots rather than an
implication of ownership.
We will appreciate if you take your action against of using the fake name of “Arabian Gulf” which is using and will be using for Asian Games 2006 in Doha, Qatar and ban them from their duty of hostess and international tournaments till they correct it to its original name “Persian Gulf”.