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FIFA To Lift Competition Ban On Iran

Iran's national team training with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in March (file photo) (Fars) December 17, 2006 -- World soccer's ruling body has reportedly decided to lift its international ban on Iran.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said an agreement had been reached with Iran's soccer federation that allows the country to participate in the draw for the Asian Cup that will take place in Qatar on December 19.

Iran was suspended from international competition last month after FIFA accused the government of interfering with its national soccer federation.

(AFP, AP, Reuters)