FIFA to pay for repairs of Gaza soccer field

FIFA will pay for repairs to a soccer field in the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip, damaged in a bombing earlier this month. "In the world of today, which is disrupted by long-lasting disputes and violence, football is one of the very few universal tools mankind can use to bridge gaps between nations and peoples, and to symbolize what unites our planet over what divides it," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Tuesday. FIFA said it was not yet sure how much the repairs would cost. World soccer's governing body said with the help of the Palestinian FA, it would evaluate over the next few days the extent of the damage done to the open-air stadium and its stands. Much would depend whether the drainage system was badly damaged.