Saudi Arabia offered funds for Iraq football stadium

Saudi Arabia has offered to fund a new football stadium in Iraq, as FIFA prepares to decide whether to lift its ban on Iraq hosting competitive international matches.

The offer came in a telephone call between King Salman and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday evening, the prime minister’s office said.

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It provided no further details about the cost of the stadium or where it might be located.

It follows an international friendly between the two countries in Iraq’s third city Basra on February 28, they’re first on Iraqi soil in 40 years.

The king described the game, which Iraq won 4-1 in front of a capacity 60,000 crowd, as a “success”, Abadi’s office said.

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