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June 04, 1993

The ban on international soccer games in Iraq, imposed by FIFA nearly nearly three years ago, has been partially lifted by soccer's governing body.

Acting on a request of the Asian Football Confederation, FIFA eased the ban on Iraqi home games it imposed when U.N. sanctions were imposed after Iraq's Aug. 2, 1990, invasion of Kuwait. FIFA said foreign teams can now play exhibition games in Baghdad at their own risk.

FIFA's executive committee, also decided to allow three players over the age of 23 to play on each team in 1996 Olympics. No players over 23 were allowed in the 1992 Olympics because of complaints from clubs.

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