30 Sep '11, 1pm

Fifa kicks Myanmar out of 2018 World Cup

Fifa kicks Myanmar out of 2018 World Cup

Myanmar Football Federation President Zaw Zaw warns fans of Myanmar to not throw bottles and stones at the referee during the Asian qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup between Myanmar and Oman in Yangon. -- PHOTO: REUTERS ZURICH (AP) - Fifa has kicked Myanmar out of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup as punishment for crowd violence at a 2014 qualifier in July. Fans threw stones and water bottles onto the field during Myanamar's game against Oman on July 28, forcing the referee to abandon the match. Oman was leading 2-0 at the time and was awarded the victory by that score. Oman, which also won the first leg 2-0, advanced to the next round of Asian qualifying on 4-0 aggregate. Fifa's disciplinary committee says the Myanmar football federation failed to prevent 'improper conduct of supporters' and 'is excluded from taking part in the matches of the preliminary competitio...

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