Palestine hosts a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia


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The Palestinian team (in white) during its 1-1 match with East Timor

Palestine will be allowed to host a World Cup soccer qualifier against Saudi Arabia, on the Palestinian territories, next month, following a decision by the FIFA, FIFA, according to the Federation’s Executive Committee.

Saudi Arabia had refrained from playing the match last month, saying it could not travel to the Palestinian territories due to force majeure.

But the International Federation said the organizing committee for the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches “unanimously agreed” to proceed with the match in Palestine on November 5.

“The Palestinian Football Association has provided all security guarantees to reschedule the match,” a FIFA statement said.

“Viva agreed to appoint a security official who works with the Palestinian authorities to oversee the security plan and ensure that the match is played in very good conditions,” the statement added.

Saudi Arabia leads Group A in the second round of the Asian qualifiers after winning all the first four matches. As for Palestine, it ranks third with five points.

The Saudi team, whose government does not recognize Israel, will have to pass through an Israeli crossing point on the border to reach the Faisal Husseini International Palestinian Stadium in the village of Al-Ram.