Al-Mulla claims FIFA ban lifted


Abdul-Khaliq Masoud ‘Al-Mulla’ told AFP on Thursday, that FIFA had lifted its ban on international friendlies on Iraqi soil, including the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

FIFA lifted a ban on international football friendlies in Iraqi stadiums on Thursday, permitting matches in Baghdad for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, the FA official said.

World football’s governing body FIFA made the decision at a meeting in Switzerland, according to the FA vice president, who added that Iraq’s national team will play a friendly against Syria on Tuesday in the northern city of Arbil.

“We received a preliminary notification from (FIFA) … stating that FIFA permits the partial removal of the ban” thereby allowing international friendlies, Al-Mulla told AFP.

“We hope in the future that there will be a complete removal of the ban on all other formal football matches,” he said.

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