Sunday, February 26, 2006

Iran demands apology for German soccer cartoon

Reuters - The Iranian embassy in Germany has demanded a written apology from a Berlin newspaper that printed a cartoon of Iranian soccer players dressed as suicide bombers and threatened legal action if none is forthcoming.

The sketch, published on Friday by Der Tagesspiegel, shows four moustachioed soccer players wearing Iran shirts with explosives strapped to their chests next to four German soldiers in a soccer stadium.

A caption above read: "Why the German army should definitely be used during the Soccer world Cup!", referring to a debate in Germany about whether to use troops to help with security during the month-long tournament which begins June 9.

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, the daily's managing editor, said on Monday he regretted the reaction to the drawing but did not consider an apology necessary.

The cartoon's artist had received three death threats and had been forced to leave his apartment, he said, adding that the police was investigating the threats.

In a letter to Der Tagesspiegel seen by Reuters on Monday, the Iranian embassy in Berlin said the cartoon was offensive and accused the paper of using sport to make a political point in an "irresponsible and immoral way".

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Blogger Funky Brewster said...

i have mixed feelings about this one--I mean maybe the Iranians should just get over it and laugh at what was ocviously meant to be humorous--but as we all know they are very prideful of thier religion and perhaps the cartoonist did cross the line--if all they want is a written apolgy then thats the least the artist can do--especially if he's recieving death threats

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Blogger Dr O2 said...

This is non-sense. It is the German's who have those deadly chemical weapons & it was them who were involved in WW1 & WW2 damaging the whole planet. Now it is them agn laughing what they feel as a threat!!??? this is seriously ill! They must be treated for Alzhimer...

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