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FIFA says no ban on football world travel for Ebola-hit countries

September 23, 2014, 16:15 UTC+3 GENEVA

Non-essential FIFA-run courses in the affected states should be postponed

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GENEVA, September 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Medical officials of football's international association FIFA have decided that African countries affected by Ebola virus outbreaks will not be covered by travel bans, the association's website said on Tuesday, assessing the impact of recent events on football world activity.

But non-essential FIFA-run courses should be postponed in the affected states, according to the International Federation of Football Associations' Medical Committee, pledging the help of FIFA paramedics in bringing "the power of football" to convey important messages in the World Health Organization (WHO) struggle to confront the contagion.

“We will contact and collaborate with WHO to explore possible effective actions to tackle the Ebola prevention,” said FIFA Chief Medical Officer Professor Jiri Dvorak.

Meanwhile, fixtures in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). But FIFA has given a continued go-ahead for Morocco to host the sport's World Cup this December.

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