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Palestinians slam FIFA for moving Saudi qualifying match

Sepp Blatter believes the 2018 World Cup in Russia can help resolve the regions political problems, saying the sport is healing areas of suffering, like Afghanistan, Palestine and Syria.

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- FIFA's decision to move the Palestinian team's World Cup qualifying match against Saudi Arabia to a neutral site was "unjust and reprehensible," the head of the Palestinian Football Union said on Tuesday.

Jibril Rajoub accused FIFA of bowing to Saudi pressure by agreeing to relocate the second-leg Oct. 13 match from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan.

In a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Rajoub said he was "shocked" by the decision after the first leg was held in Riyadh.


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Crowd trouble spoils Malaysia's spirited WCQ loss to Saudi Arabia

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Malaysia's performance against Saudi Arabia up until the match had to be abandoned due to fans throwing flares on the field.

A vastly improved performance by Malaysia was spoiled by crowd trouble that saw their AFC World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia brought to a premature end at Shah Alam Stadium, near Kuala Lumpur.

With less than three minutes of regulation time left and Malaysia trailing 2-1, flares were thrown onto the pitch, causing both teams to walk off the field, ending the match early.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) now face possible sanctions from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as the unsavoury...

Saudi Arabia hire former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk

Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk will lead Saudi Arabia for the next year.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Bert van Marwijk, who coached the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, has been hired by Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Arabian football federation says Van Marwijk will sign a one-year contract.

His first match is a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 3 at home to East Timor.

Saudi Arabia began the second round of Asian qualifying by beating current group leaders Palestine 3-2 in June.

Only the winners of the five-team group, which includes United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, are sure...

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Alejandro Sabella turns down Saudi Arabia job

With Sabella set to step down as Argentina manager, the nation's football is at an intriguing junction.
Alejandro Sabella left Argentina after last summer's World Cup.

Former Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella has turned down the chance to take charge of Saudi Arabia.

Sabella, who led Argentina to last summer's World Cup final, had been tipped to return to management with the Saudi national side but has rejected the offer.

Saudi FA press secretary Adnan Al Muaebed told Sport360: "Alejandro Sabella excused himself from coaching the Saudi national team in the coming period.

"We went through gruelling negations with Sabella in order to persuade him, but he declined...

Howard Webb lands refereeing role at Saudi Arabian Football Federation

Webb has been mocked his entire career but still refereed with authority, good sense and class.
Howard Webb retired from professional refereeing last August.

Former Premier League and international referee Howard Webb has agreed a deal to become the head of refereeing of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

Webb, 44, has been working as technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited since retiring from professional refereeing last August.

Webb, one of England's highest-profile referees during his career, was responsible for overseeing the on-field performances of PGMOL match officials in his role of technical director.

He has...