Earlier today, FIFA has announced that it will suspend Iraq’s national team from international competition for a year if it does not revert its decision to disband their football association. It was though Iraq had passed a government decree on May 20 to disband all sports federations within their nation.
However, as it turns out, the decree was misinterpreted. The decree ruled that only the Iraqi Olympic Committee will be dissolved and that other sports federations will not be affected, BBC reports.
The BBC also mentions that the head of the Iraqi Football Association has sent a letter to FIFA to try and explain the situation. Sepp Blater had previously stated that Iraq have until May 29th to revert their decision before the ban will come into place.
Iraq, crowned champions at the most recent Asia Cup for the first time in their history, are scheduled to play Australia on June 1st in a World Cup qualifier.