Federation Internationale de Football Association lifts 2-year ban of Kuwait

Gulf Cup

The tournament's rules require the presence of five teams for it to go ahead, but Kuwait's ban meant that only four countries - hosts Qatar, Oman, Yemen and Iraq - were left in contention, making the event a non-starter.

It was only in 2015 when FIFA chose to ban Kuwait from regional, continental and worldwide football when the government was interfering in the work of the football associations present in the country. The ban had already prevented Kuwaiti clubs from participating in the continental AFC Cup and the Kuwaiti National Team from playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 citing government interference in is national Olympic Committee.

The worldwide football federation, FIFA, has lifted a two-year suspension against Kuwait's football association that has prevented the country from participating in global tournaments.

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QFA chief Sheikh Hamad congratulated Kuwait saying it was a happy occasion for Kuwait as well as for the Gulf Cup football fans.

The timing could not be more crucial following a meeting on Monday - just 18 days before the tournament is scheduled to start - of the Gulf Cup Football Federation. Kuwait was supposed to host the tournament but the Federation Internationale de Football Association suspension forced the event to be moved.

It was later reiterated in a statement by Infantino during a meeting with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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