The Iraqi Football Association will ask FIFA to lift the ban on home international matches at stadiums across the country.

Officials will travel to Zurich this month to meet with FIFA executives.

"The delegation will seek approval to lift the ban on holding official matches in our stadiums," federation member Abdul-Khaliq Massoud said Monday. "We hope that the FIFA officials will reply positively to our request."

Massoud said they will present FIFA with evidence that Iraq is safe and capable of hosting international matches.

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