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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Azeri Soccer Saved

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- A last-minute appeal to FIFA by Azerbaijan's sports chief has prevented the country from being banned by world soccer's governing body over a split in the national federation.

"On Monday, our sports minister, Abulfas Garayev, was met by FIFA officials in Zurich [Switzerland] and a compromise was found," a ministry official said Tuesday.

FIFA had threatened Azerbaijan with suspension if the internal dispute was not settled by Monday.