Iraq Can Play Soccer Again

29 05 2008

Soccer’s world governing body abruptly lifted the suspension of Iraq’s soccer association on Thursday, easing concerns that Iraq’s team, a rare symbol of national unity, would be banned from the 2010 World Cup.

The move was greeted with relief on the streets of Baghdad, where soccer fans feared that the players, who became national heroes after winning the Asian Cup last summer, would fall victim to political wrangling between Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government and FIFA, the sport’s Zurich-based ruling body.

On Monday, FIFA suspended Iraq’s national soccer association, citing an Iraqi government decision to disband Iraq’s Olympic Committee and other national sport federations as “serious political interference” in sport.

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One response

17 07 2008

Poor old Iraq! They just deserve a break, don’t they?

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