Federation Internationale de Football Association lifts Kuwait's 2-year ban from worldwide soccer

Mindy Sparks
December 7, 2017

Praise and congratulations was received from everywhere, including former Kuwaiti FA President Shaikh Talal Al Fahd and President of Saudi General Sports Authority Turki Al Shaikh; the latter sparking regional controversy with his congratulatory tweet to Kuwait.

Federation Internationale de Football Association announced on Wednesday it was lifting its suspension of Kuwait, after the Gulf state's parliament adopted a law meant to end government interference in the sport, AFP reports.

"I would like to reiterate to his highness that the FIFA Council unanimously decided at its meeting to lift the suspension from Kuwait", he was quoted as saying by state news agency KUNA. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is now in Kuwait to ensure the new law is in place.

Kuwait was suspended in October 2015 over a government bill which the global governing body said interfered in the independence of the country's FA and fell foul of the Federation Internationale de Football Association statutes.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association lifts Kuwait's 2-year ban from worldwide soccer

The ban was imposed in October 2015, leaving Kuwait unable to play its World Cup qualifiers.

The global football federation, FIFA, has lifted a two-year suspension against Kuwait's football association that has prevented the country from participating in worldwide tournaments.

The FIFA ban has been lifted in time for Kuwaiti footballers to compete in this month's Gulf Cup of Nations which will be held in Qatar.


Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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