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FIFA to monitor Israeli, Palestinian soccer; bid to suspend Israel dropped
FIFA to monitor Israeli, Palestinian soccer; bid to suspend Israel dropped

FIFA on Friday agreed to monitor Israeli and Palestinian soccer after Palestinians dropped a bid to suspend Israel from the international association, part of a compromise that followed some tense moments. The Palestinian Football Assn. had introduced a motion to suspend Israel from FIFA because it said the country was not allowing free movement of players and equipment in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel has said the restrictions are for security. The initiative had prompted about 50 pro-Palestinian protesters to turn up outside the Zurich hall where FIFA’s annual Congress was being held, as well as a small disruption from a protester in the room at the start of the event....

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