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28.05.2007 Football News

No high altitude

By Ghanafa

World soccer governing body, FIFA has banned international games from being played at high altitudes.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the decision to ban games more than 8,200 feet above sea level was made Sunday after a review by the medical team for world soccer's governing body.

The world soccer body has now set a limit of 2,500 metres above sea level for all international matches.

There has been criticism against teams who have advantage due to familiarity with such conditions as not only unfair, but also dangerous for the players' health.

"The Executive Committee have listened to a proposal from the medical committee and have decided to act because to play at above that altitude is not healthy or fair," Blatter said.

Blatter was speaking at a news conference following the last executive committee meeting before the start of FIFA's 57th Congress this week and the inauguration of FIFA's new headquarters in Zurich.