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23 May ~ FIFA have over-ruled UEFA president Michel Platini and approved Kosovo's long-running attempt to play international friendlies. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 90 members of the United Nations, including the UK, and FIFA's ruling now opens the way for the Kosovars to play matches against the 208 full members of the world body. The news was highlighted by the Outcasts! blog, ran by Steve Menary, who has written a book about the "lands that FIFA forgot". The decision could also affect Gibraltar, who have been petitioning for the right to join UEFA for some time.

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