Myanmar were banned from taking part in
qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and fined 25,000 Swiss francs
($28,000) by world governing body FIFA on Friday after crowd
trouble halted their Asian qualifying match against Oman in
Myanmar, already 2-0 down from the first leg in the
preliminary round tie, were trailing 2-0 in the second leg in
their capital Yangon when the violence broke out just before the
end of the first half.
FIFA immediately awarded Oman a 2-0 victory which saw them
through to the next stage and left Myanmar eliminated from the
Japanese referee Ryuji Sato was forced to halt the game two
minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the first half when
fans hurled rocks and glass bottles at him, the visiting coach
Paul Le Guen and the Oman players.
Despite a heavy police presence, Myanmar fans turned unruly
when Sato awarded a penalty to Oman with the home side already
Oman's Ismail al Ajmi converted the spot-kick to put his
side 2-0 ahead after 39 minutes, sparking anger among the crowd
at the Thuwunna Stadium and prompting the players, referee and
coaches to flee for cover in the dressing room.
In a statement, FIFA's Disciplinary Committee ruled that the
Myanmar Football Federation breached the Disciplinary Code in
terms of the conduct of its supporters.
Frenchman Le Guen coached Cameroon at the 2010 World Cup in
South Africa and has previously worked at Paris Saint-Germain,
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