Host Qatar draws Gulf Cup groups as regional tensions ease
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — With soccer helping to ease regional tensions, host Qatar will play the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Gulf Cup and an assistant referee from Egypt was picked by FIFA for Club World Cup duty in Doha.
The three Qatari neighbors and Egypt have operated a diplomatic and transport boycott of the emirate since June 2017.
In January, Qatar beat the host UAE 4-0 in the Asian Cup semifinals in Abu Dhabi before winning the title.
Three days later, the Dec. 11-21 Club World Cup kicks off in Doha testing two stadiums being used at the 2022 World Cup.
FIFA says the African match officials nominated to work in Qatar include Mahmoud Ahmed Abou el-Regal of Egypt.