German Jews, Iranian dissidents, and German leftists used the occasion of the Iran-Portugal World Cup match in
The German Jewish historian Arno Lustiger, a Holocaust survivor, demanded that Ahmadinejad be banned from entering
The Frankfurt and
Only a diplomatic passport would prevent [Ahmadinejad’s] arrest, should the Iranian president come to
adding that while
Germans are friends of the Iranian people, they are strong opponents of a man who denies the Holocaust (tachles.ch).
At the Saturday protest, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Frankfurt, Franz Frey, declared that
the Iranian regime’s hate-spewing preachers are not our friends and therefore not welcome (HR-Online).
In the meantime, on the football side of things, Portugal disposed of Iran 2:0, preventing a second-round appearance by the Islamic Republic (and, possibly, a visit by Ahmadinejad). Mexico had earlier defeated the Iranians 3:1.