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FIFA lifts three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

BOGOTA: FIFA has lifted its three-decade ban on Iraq hosting international football, a move hailed by the country´s sports authorities on Saturday as a boost for its most popular game. "We are allowing international matches to be staged in the cities of Arbil, Basra and Karbala," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council in Bogota. The three cities had been allowed to organise friendlies in the past year provided the security situation was "stable". Iraq will host Qatar and…