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

government.

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.