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Turkish Football Groups Ordered Not to Play with Israeli Teams

The Turkish Football Federation has been instructed by the Turkish Foreign Office not to play national matches with Israeli teams, Hasan Polat, president of the football federation, said today. As a result of this ruling, he said, Turkey will not be able to enter the World Cup Championship contest in Sweden next year.

A football match earlier this month between the Turkish and Egyptian national teams provided Premier Adnan Menderes with an opportunity for a public profession of friendship with Egypt by attending the game. The visit of the Egyptian team was used to press for rapprochement between the two countries.