The Austrian FA is unlikely to ask FIFA to consider moving or postponing the World Cup qualifier with Israel slated for Ramat Gan next Saturday, its chairman Beppo Mauhart says.
Mauhart said over the weekend there was no intention "to fuel the flames" before next week's clash, since it is very unlikely FIFA would agree to an Austrian request to move the tie to a neutral venue after the Hapoel Tel Aviv-Chelsea UEFA Cup game was successful staged at Bloomfield.
The fact that Uzbekistan, which shares a border with Afghanistan, successfully hosted China in a World Cup qualifier on Friday was another example that has led the Austrians to believe there is almost no chance of FIFA heeding their requests.
The tie was originally due to be held on October 27 at the National Stadium, but it was called off at the last moment by FIFA president Sepp Blatter after the crash of the Siberia Airlines plane in the Black Sea. Blatter did so before knowing the reason for the tragedy and assuming it was the work of terrorists.
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