FIFA helps football return to Iraq, Syria
FIFA’s ruling executive committee has taken steps to support
football in Iraq and Syria.
Iraq has been judged safe enough to host international
friendlies after not staging a match since September 2011.
However, world football’s governing body did not specify if Iraq
can host Japan in a World Cup qualifying match on June 11.
Iraq has played World Cup `home’ matches in neutral Doha, Qatar,
since a stadium power failure at Irbil when it played Jordan 18
Baghdad last hosted an Iraq match in September 2009, and the
team has played friendlies in the United Arab Emirates and
FIFA’s board agreed to the Jordan Football Association’s request
to donate kit and equipment worth $200,000 to Syrian refugees
living in a camp at the countries’ border.