FIFA says "following a security assessment by a FIFA delegation" Basra can stage games in qualifying for the 2022 edition. Iraq hosts Hong Kong on Oct. 10, likely at the 65,000-capacity Basra Sports City stadium.
Top-ranked Iran visits on Nov. 14. Iraq's group in the current phase of qualifying also includes Bahrain and Cambodia. Amid widespread pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong against China's rule, FIFA says it is "closely monitoring the situation" ahead of the national team's Sept. 10 qualifier against Iran.
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