France have World Cup qualifier moved from anniversary of Paris attacks

France have World Cup qualifier moved from anniversary of Paris attacks
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Published October 12th, 2016 - 15:33 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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FIFA only allow changes to scheduled match dates in rare circumstances. This week it turned down a request from Iran to move a match against South Korea due to a clash with a religious holiday
FIFA only allow changes to scheduled match dates in rare circumstances. This week it turned down a request from Iran to move a match against South Korea due to a clash with a religious holiday

France will not play their next World Cup qualifier on the anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks, European football governing body UEFA confirmed Wednesday.

The Group A qualifier between France and Sweden has been moved forward two days from November 13 to November 11 at the request of the French Football Federation which was granted by the ruling body FIFA, UEFA and Sweden.

On November 13, 2015, terror attacks claimed the lives of 130 people in Paris, with three suicide bombers blowing themselves up outside the Stade de France where France were playing Germany in a friendly at the time.

FIFA only allow changes to scheduled match dates in rare circumstances. This week it turned down a request from Iran to move a match against South Korea due to a clash with a religious holiday.

The other matches in Group A - Bulgaria v Belarus and Luxemburg v Netherlands - will take place November 13 as originally planned.

© 2016 dpa GmbH

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