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.