Date of release: 2018/3/16 23:31 • 662 times read
(AFP) – The International Football Association (FIFA) has agreed to request Iraq to lift the ban on three stadiums by hosting international matches including the national team.
“With regard to the Iraqi file, it was agreed to lift the ban on three provinces in which Basra, Karbala and Erbil will be held,” Federation President Gianni Infantino told a news conference after the meeting of the FIFA Congress held in Colombia, noting that “the decision is in the hands of the Asian Confederation.”
“Iraq has asked for friendly international matches at Baghdad stadiums, but the request has been rejected because of the security situation,” he said.
The head of the Iraqi Football Federation Abdel-Khaliq Masoud said FIFA agreed to lift the ban on international matches in Karbala, Basra and Erbil, noting that “the International Federation will transfer the file to the Asian Confederation.”
On the other hand, said Infantino that ” At the World Cup in Russia this summer.
“This will be the first time in the World Cup where the video-assisted refereeing technique has been used. This technique has been tested and approved and we are very happy with this decision.”