Saudi Arabia to travel to Palestine for June qualifier

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The June 11 group stage match between and will be played in the West Bank, Reuters reported on Monday.

The location of the match had previously been up in the air, with Saudi officials reportedly pushing for a neutral venue after the groups were drawn last month.

“I have just received a message from the Saudis saying that they are coming,”Palestine Football Association president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters. “It’s a great show of support.”


Palestine was first allowed to host World Cup qualifiers at Faisal Al-Husseini Stadium in 2011, welcoming Afghanistan and Thailand in that year.

But the requirement of passing through Israeli passport control and checkposts is a thorny one for West Asian nations, many of whom do not recognise Israel politically.

Malaysia, Timor Leste, and UAE have also been drawn into Group A.