Alan Corbett, international manager at education umbrella group the Association of South East Colleges, said he decided to set up Basra Football Academy to foster reconciliation and give young Iraqis a focus for their aspirations.
He said the academy needed the support of an established charity. "We need a charity to say 'we'll own you and let you have a bank account'," he said.
Corbett added that he had been disgusted by what he had seen in Iraq, where he said both sides had been "ghastly to each other".
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