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Socceroos v Iraq will probably go ahead

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THE World Cup qualifying match this weekend between Australia and Iraq will most likely be going ahead in Brisbane. The Iraqi government has clarified that the countries Football Association will not be affected by the decision to dissolve the Iraqi Olympic Committee.

Last week FIFA, the world footballing governing body took steps to suspend Iraq from all international footballing competitions for 1 year after the Iraqi government published a statement that it was disbanding the Olympic Committee and all associated sports federations.

This would spell disaster for the FFA as it is estimated that the governing body is set to lose up top $2-million is the Brisbane clash is canceled. The only positive is that the Socceroos would be awarded 3-points on forfeit. FIFA said it would reverse its decision if by this Thursday, the Iraqi government would confirm that the Football Association has not been interfered with and is till operating.

“We received a letter from the secretary-general of the cabinet which clarifies that the decision does not include the sports federations, including the soccer federation,” Iraqi Football Association chief Hussein Saeed said.

“We sent a copy of the letter to FIFA. We don’t know whether they will change their mind or not.”

“If FIFA doesn’t reverse its decision and Iraq doesn’t play in the World Cup, we won’t be responsible.”

The race is now on for the Iraqi’s to convince FIFA of no government interference but news agencies from the UK report that the match will probably go ahead.

Sunday 1 June, 2008
Kick Off 5pm
Gates Open 3pm
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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Published on May 27, 2008

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