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Delegates at Fifa’s 58th Congress in Sydney, Australia, confirmed that the Final Draw for the 2010 World Cup would take place in Cape Town.

The gathering also expressed unanimous support for the world governing body’s Executive Committee plan to entrench its ‘6+5’ objectives.

This proposal, which is being met with resistance in Europe, is one of the main points on the agenda of the Congress delegates.

Another major decision taken by the Executive Committee was to award the organisation of the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Fifa Club World Cup for the first time to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the following two events, in 2011 and 2012, to Japan, where it has been played since 2005 and will be again in December this year.

Since its re-launch in 2005, the competition has grown significantly to become one of the major competitions of Fifa.

The Executive Committee agreed that a share of the profits from this tournament would be reinvested in club football around the world.

Regarding member associations, the executive suspended the Iraqi Football Association and decided to present this case to the upcoming Congress unless the Iraqi government revokes its decision to dissolve the association by midnight on May 29.

It also ratified the recent decisions of the Emergency Committee to lift the suspensions of the member associations of Albania, Chad and Madagascar. It took note of the application for affiliation recently submitted by the Football Federation of Kosovo and agreed to put a normalisation committee in place at the El Salvador Football Association.

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