Iraq's ban lifted on soccer
Soccer fans in Iraq are celebrating the lift of FIFA’s three-decade long ban on their country holding international soccer competitions.
On March 21, 2018, in the city of Basra, they will host a soccer match with the city of Qatur in celebration of the lifted ban, according to USA Today.
FIFA put this ban on Iraq because of frequent militant attacks. Even with the ban in place, Iraq was still allowed to host local matches and tournaments.
The last soccer game that was played before the ban was in 1990 in the invasion of Kuwait. The ban has now been lifted, but only three cities will be allowed to host the international events: Basra, Karbala, and Irbil. These three cities are known as the safest in Iraq.
According to Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, the ban was lifted because it was “the result of stability, security and successes achieved by Iraq in all fields."