Iraq May Not be Able to Play in World Cup Qualifying Match

First the Iraqi government dissolved its Olympic committee. Then FIFA suspended the Iraqi national team from play for a twelve-month period. Then the Iraqi government told FIFA, “Oh, no, we totally didn’t mean that to include the national soccer team.” So FIFA conditionally and provisionally lifted the ban on the Iraqi soccer team.
They’re scheduled to play against Australia twice next week. Will the games take place?

The Football Federation Australia has mixed feelings.

FFA will lose close to $A3 million in gate takings and sponsorships if the match is called off, but it is not necessarily bad news for the Socceroos.

If Iraq’s matches are forfeited, Australia’s place in the next round of qualifying is assured.

Stupid Iraqi government! What were you thinking?


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