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FIFA ends Kuwait's suspension for political meddling

AFP  |  Kuwait City 

World football governing body FIFA announced today it was lifting its suspension of Kuwait, after the state's adopted a meant to end interference in the sport.

"The suspension of the Kuwait football association is lifted," FIFA's president Gianni Infantino announced alongside a Kuwaiti official in a short video shared widely on Twitter.


Infantino was visiting Kuwait to announce the eagerly anticipated decision.

World sports bodies led by FIFA and the International suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged meddling in sports.

The suspensions meant Kuwait missed out on the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup, and before that the Rio

On Sunday, the Kuwaiti passed a new in line with FIFA's requirements and on Tuesday, Kuwaiti clubs elected the head of a new football federation.

Analysts say the crisis in Kuwaiti sports was the result of a power struggle within the ruling elite.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 20:50 IST
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