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Controversy over Palestine-Saudi World Cup qualifier

  • For security reasons, world football governing body FIFA has asked Palestine to find a neutral venue in Asia to host its next two World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, but it has not been accepted by the Palestinians. In a statement on Wednesday, FIFA said: "The Palestinian government confirmed that it could no longer guarantee the safety and security around the matches in question." Saudi Arabia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, announced on Tuesday that they refused to play in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Source: IANS)