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FIFA lifts 28yr ban on Iraq international friendlies in place since Saddam invasion

FIFA lifts 28yr ban on Iraq international friendlies in place since Saddam invasion


World football’s governing body FIFA have given Iraq the green light to host international friendly matches for the first time since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait under former leader Saddam Hussein.

A US-led invasion toppled Saddam in 2003, but the ban has stayed in place due to uncertainty and instability in the country which has battles civil war as well as IS occupation in parts of the north and west from 2014 until last year.

At a press conference during a FIFA Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, over the weekend, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that the cities of Erbil, Basra and Karbala had been passed fit to host friendlies. Infantino added the right to hold matches in its conflict-ravaged capital, Baghdad, remained under review.

 

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