FIFA allows Iraq to resume World Cup bid

May 29, 2008
SYDNEY, Australia -- Soccer's governing body Thursday lifted its international ban on Iraq to keep alive the World Cup qualifying hopes of a team that represents a rare symbol of national unity amid war and sectarian rivalries.

Iraq was suspended by FIFA, the sport's overseers, on Tuesday after Iraq's government dissolved the national Olympic Committee and all sports federations. FIFA said the Iraqi move amounted to political interference into the autonomy of the sports organizations.
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