Kosovo, Gibraltar to play 2018 World Cup qualifiers – FIFA


Zurich (AFP) – Kosovo and Gibraltar are to play 2018 World Cup qualifiers after being admitted as new members of FIFA, world football governing body confirmed on Thursday.

“UEFA’s Emergency Panel has today decided that Kosovo will join Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey and Finland in Group I, and Gibraltar will join Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia and Cyprus in Group H,” FIFA said in a statement.

“The UEFA Emergency Panel has decided that Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia should not play against Kosovo for security reasons,” the statement added.

Kosovo and Gibraltar became the 210th and 211th members of the world football organisation in votes taken at FIFA’s annual congress in Mexico City in May.

Serbia vowed to take legal action to reverse its former province’s admission.

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