Expulsion possible for Kuwait

ZURICH • Kuwait look set to be kicked out of World Cup qualifying after failing to resolve a case of government interference in their local football association before Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Myanmar.

The Kuwait Football Association was suspended by Fifa last month because of the issue, three days after Kuwait drew 0-0 at home with Lebanon in a World Cup qualifier.

They had been scheduled to play Myanmar on Tuesday in their sixth fixture in Asian qualifying Group G but the Fifa ban prevents them from taking part in international competition.

"The World Cup qualifier between Myanmar and Kuwait, scheduled for Nov 17, did not take place," Fifa said.

"The matter has been referred to the Fifa disciplinary committee for its consideration. Further information will follow."

Kuwait are currently second in Group G with 10 points, level with Lebanon and eight behind leaders South Korea.

Only the eight group winners and four best runners-up will progress to the 2019 Asian Cup and third round of 2018 World Cup regional qualifying.

Indonesia were also banned for government interference in the running of the local football association in May and kicked out of Group F of joint World Cup and Asian Cup qualifying.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2015, with the headline 'Expulsion possible for Kuwait'. Print Edition | Subscribe