Iraq to ask FIFA to lift ban on home matches



BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi soccer official says the federation will ask FIFA to lift the ban on home international matches at stadiums across the country.

Iraqi Football Association member Abdul-Khaliq Massoud says officials will travel to Zurich this month to meet with FIFA executives.

Massoud says they will present FIFA with evidence that Iraq is safe and capable of hosting international matches.

FIFA banned Iraq from playing home qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup and 2012 Olympics after a power outage in a stadium in the Kurdish city of Irbil during Iraq’s World Cup qualifier against Jordan in September.