Asia champions Iraq suspended from international football

Baghdad: Asian champions Iraq have been suspended from international football because of political interference in the country`s FA, FIFA said on Friday.

"The FIFA Emergency Committee has...decided to suspend the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) due to governmental interference," the world governing body said in a statement.

FIFA said it learned earlier this week the Iraqi Olympic Committee had disbanded the IFA and government security forces had seized control of the association`s headquarters.

The ruling means Iraq cannot play any internationals -- friendly or competitive -- and its clubs are also banned from playing foreign opposition.

Bureau Report