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

Following the lifting of the FIFA suspension Kuwait can now participate in the Gulf Cup tournament scheduled to take place in Qatar later this month

Organisers of this month's Gulf Cup in Qatar look set to imminently announce whether the event can go ahead, with prospects given a huge boost by Federation Internationale de Football Association lifting its suspension of Kuwait after two years in the sporting wilderness. "The tournament will be played on a single round-robin format", said Balushi.

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.

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain have pulled out of the eight-team tournament last month following a deepening row with Qatar.

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Infantino will be present at a press conference in the Jaber International Stadium soon to officially announce the end of the ban.

Kuwait had been suspended by FIFA since October 2015 for government interference in the operations of its football association.

Kuwait had to miss the qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2019 Asian Cup because of the FIFA ban thereby depriving the football fans of the country the chance to see their team in action in high-profile tournaments.

On Sunday, the Kuwaiti parliament passed a new law in line with FIFA's requirements and on Tuesday, Kuwaiti clubs elected Ahmed al Yousef al Sabah as the head of a new football federation.

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