Soccer-Former FIFA head Blatter says Iran should be barred from World Cup

According to a Swiss newspaper's Friday report, Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA,

believes Iran should be excluded from the World Cup in light of the large demonstrations taking place in the Islamic Republic following the death of a lady while she was in the care of morality police.

According to the Blick tabloid, Blatter urged severe punishment at a speech at the publisher's office

and said that if he had still been in control, Iran should be disqualified from the World Cup.

The Iranian protests represent one of the most audacious challenges to the country's clerical leaders since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Since the death of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September following her arrest for allegedly disobeying Iran's strict dress code imposed on women

Iran has accused foreign enemies of inciting unrest.