Saudi deputy crown prince calls Palestinian president to move match
The Saudi national team informed FIFA that it would withdraw from the match against Palestine if it took place in the West Bank
Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to change the venue of a match between the two countries other than the West Bank, the Arabic-language website of Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
The deputy crown prince called the Palestinian leader after the Saudi national team informed FIFA on the same day that it would withdraw from the match against Palestine if it took place in the West Bank. Saudi authorities have not yet stated why they wish the match to be moved.
The game, scheduled on Thursday, was expected to be played in the West Bank city of Ramallah. However, there was no mention of where the new match will be held.
Saudi’s national team is leading the first group by 12 points from four matches.