FIFA lifts Kuwait football ban

FIFA has removed a ban which has stopped Kuwait from competing in international competition

FIFA has removed a ban which has stopped Kuwait from competing in international competition

Visiting FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced Wednesday in Kuwait that a two-year ban imposed on Kuwait's football federation has officially been lifted.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council lifted the suspension of the Kuwait Football Association on December 6 as a result.

It was only in 2015 when FIFA made a decision to ban Kuwait from regional, continental and worldwide football when the government was interfering in the work of the football associations present in the country.

A new sports law in Kuwait opens the door for Kuwaiti footballers to compete internationally once more.

The country was also banned from global competitions by FIFA over alleged interference in the national football association.

World sports bodies led by Federation Internationale de Football Association and the International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged government meddling in sports.

Last month, Qatar's hosting of the tournament, important both from an organisational and public relations standpoint amid the ongoing narrative over the 2026 World Cup, was plunged into jeopardy when Saudi Arabia and two of its allies enforcing the political and trade blockade of the country were withdrawn from the eight-nation competition.

Kuwait remains suspended by the International Olympic Committee.

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