FIFA delays Kosovo ruling due to Serbian politics
FIFA has delayed a decision on clearing Kosovo teams to play
international friendlies 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 football 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 football body UEFA.
On Tuesday, the president of football’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 football rights.