Palestine’s World Cup home matches finally moved abroad

Palestine’s World Cup home matches finally moved abroad

The Palestinian football team was finally forced by the security situation to play its two remaining 2018 World Cup qualifying home games at a neutral venue.  The results, one win (6-0 v Malaysia) and one draw (0-0 v Saudi Arabia), weren’t enough to keep Palestine in the competition.

Earlier, FIFA had made a U-turn to allow the home games actually to be played at home in Ramallah and Hebron in response to Palestinian pressure.  This was  after FIFA’s Platini-lead World Cup committee had first succumbed to Saudi and Malaysian requests to move the games from West Bank venues, probably for political reasons on the part of the Saudis.

The full story is given below from Inside World Football:

Safety report rules out Palestine’s hard fought home World Cup qualifiers

 

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