Iraq and the FIFA Ban

Prompted by the dissolution of their football association, on Tuesday Iraq’s soccer federation was suspended from international competition for one year because of the decision by its government to disband all national sports governing bodies. The only way to revoke the ban is by written confirmation from the Iraqi government, by Thursday, that the decree has been annulled.”

Their almost sold out match with Australis on Sunday is in doubt.

After their huge Olympic moment in 2004
and their play this year this is a slap in the face to the team, the fans and the world of soccer.

As of this writing, according to the International Herald Tribune Iraq will not reverse its decision to dissolve its national Olympic committee despite a threat by soccer’s governing body to ban the country’s soccer team from World Cup qualifying
Here is to hoping this gets settled, and Iraq does not get disqualified from the World Cup.

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