FIFA delays Kosovo ruling due to Serbian politics

FIFA has delayed a decision on clearing Kosovo teams to play

international soccer exhibitions until after Serbia forms a new


Sepp Blatter says FIFA executive committee will revisit the

subject at a Sept. 27-28 meeting in Zurich.

Kosovo has been out of world soccer since declaring independence

from Serbia in 2008, because its sovereignty has not been

recognized by the United Nations.

Blatter won provisional approval from FIFA member countries’ for

Kosovo to play national and club teams, despite opposition from

European soccer body UEFA.

On Tuesday, the president of soccer’s governing body said FIFA

will wait until the end of the month when Serbia is expected to for

a new government.

UEFA statutes require countries to be formally recognized by the

Union Nations before getting full soccer rights.