FIFA decided on Wednesday that Palestine's qualifiers needed to be played on neutral ground due to security and safety concerns in the Palestinian territories arising from recently escalated violence between Israeli police forces and Palestinian civilians.
A home match against Saudi Arabia, originally scheduled for last month and then Thursday in Ramallah, was also postponed a second time after the Saudi association had refused to play in Ramallah, seeming to want to avoid going through Israeli security checks.
Previously, Palestine Football Union (PFU) in September had accused FIFA of bowing to pressure from Saudi Arabia after the world football governing body's decision to move the match to a neutral venue.
FIFA later reversed its decision. It said Palestine would be allowed to host the qualifier on home territory as the Palestinian football authorities had "given full security guarantees for the rescheduled match."
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