La Paz cleared to host matches again

Updated: 16 July 2007 18:22 IST

South American soccer federations have unanimously agreed to exempt La Paz from a ban that disallowed international soccer matches above 3,000 meters.

La Paz cleared to host matches again
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Maracaibo, Venezuela:

South American soccer federations have unanimously agreed to exempt La Paz from a ban that disallowed international soccer matches above 3,000 meters (9,840 feet), defusing one of the last controversies over the restrictions that sparked outrage in Andean nations.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter released a statement on Saturday in Maracaibo, where he will be attending Sunday's Copa America final between Brazil and Argentina, that CONMEBOL officials unanimously approved Bolivia's request for the waiver for La Paz.

The move had been anticipated after Blatter announced in Guatemala City on July 6 that he was in favor of a waiver and that it was up to the other South American nations to give their approval.

In May, FIFA announced a ban on international matches played at more than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level, a decision that ruled out several Andean cities.

After Andean nations - led by Bolivian President Evo Morales - complain, CONMEBOL unanimously protested the decision and FIFA eased the restriction to 3,000 meters. That cleared Colombia's capital of Bogota and Ecuador's capital Quito, but not La Paz (3,600 meters; 11,800 feet).

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