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.

Related articles

Hopes for 2018 ~ part one
Embed from Getty Images // A failed World Cup, underdogs having their day and free drinks during VAR decisions – WSC contributors on what...
The best and worst moments of 2017 ~ part two
Embed from Getty Images // From Lincoln’s triumphant season to Huddersfield’s heart-warming promotion, via Chelsea’s return to...
The Fall Of The House Of FIFA by David Conn
Yellow Jersey Press, £16.99Reviewed by Jon Driscoll From WSC 367, September 2017Buy the book I doubt you would enjoy reading David Conn&...

More... Kosovo, FIFA