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Volume 10 No. 25
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Football Notes: Israel Pledges Help On Palestinian Football Problems

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says Israel has promised to help solve one of Palestinian football’s biggest problems -- "traveling in and out of the Palestinian territories." Blatter met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Tuesday he has pledged to help FIFA find a solution and that their meeting is proof the problem is a "national interest" for Israel (AP, 7/9). ... The National Football Museum beat its target for visitor numbers by more than 100,000. Around 458,000 fans "have been through the Manchester attraction’s doors since the museum opened its door at the Urbis building last year." Museum bosses "set a target" for 350,000 visitors when they opened their doors in July '12 (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 7/8).