FIFA rejects Malaysia’s request to face Palestine at neutral venue

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will play the 2018 World Cup/Asian Cup 2019 qualifier against at the Dura Stadium in Hebron on Nov 12, after FIFA rejected the ’s (FAM) request to play the match on a neutral ground.

The FAM in a statement on Thursday said the Group A match against Palestine would be played as per the original schedule at the Dura Stadium in Hebron, Palestine despite Malaysia raising concern over security at the West Bank.

“The FIFA World Cup qualification bureau decided that the match will be held at the Dura Stadium in Hebron as previously scheduled since Palestinian authorities have provided security guarantees and FIFA will also appoint a security expert to liaise with the Palestinian Football Association,” said FAM.

“According to FIFA, the Palestine authorities have taken necessary steps to ensure the safety of the Malaysian delegation throughout the stay in Palestine.”

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