You’re wrong about the sanctions. Australia has its own unilateral sanctions on Iran which are still in place. The UN sanctions were suspended in 2015 after the 5+1 deal was implemented. But anyways, this isn’t the place for this discussion. I never said all Australian officials are somehow prejudiced or incapable of being impartial. But there is a perception of bias from Australian officials in Iran. It could be a wrong perception, but it does exist. And to be fair, the Australian referee at the Iran-Japan match, while being incompetent, wasn’t really biased, but just the perception about him being out to get us like Ben Williams, got into our players’ heads, made them uncharacteristically nervous, and eventually caused them a complete mental meltdown. This is also partially the fault of the Iranian media, and their focus on this referee before the match.