Iraq football team out of Olympics

It is unfortunate but Iraq’s football team won’t be able to compete in the Beijing Olympics after FIFA suspended them from their football federation.

The decision to ban the team comes after Iraq’s government dissolved the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC).

“We have asked the government to withdraw its decision against the Iraq Football Association and we believe the IOC has also made the same request and threatened the same punishment (suspension) as FIFA,” Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA told Australian newspapers.

In a country with little to celebrate, it will be a huge disappointment. Iraq are the Asia champions and they reached the semi-finals at the Athens Olympics

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“Iraq are the Asian champions and brought so much hope and joy to their country when they won the final in Malaysia last year,” he said.

“I am confident there is enough pressure on the government to help them change their mind.”

Posted by Mike 11 years ago

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