Malaysia forfeits World Cup qualifier because of crowd
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 05, 2015 05:53 PM
Malaysia's Nazirul Naim, centre, challenges for possession against Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al Sahlawi, left, and Yahia Alshehri, right, during Group A FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match in Shah Alam, Malaysia on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Malaysia forfeited a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia when it was abandoned because of crowd disorder.
The governing body's disciplinary committee has also ordered Malaysia to play its next qualifier — against the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 17 — without fans and fined the federation 40,000 Swiss francs ($41,212).
The Group A game in Asian qualifying on Sept. 8 was halted in the 88th minute in Kuala Lumpur. With Saudi Arabia leading 2-1, a section of fans in the Shah Alam Stadium let off smoke bombs and flares, causing players from both teams to leave the field.
The result will be recorded as a 3-0 victory for Saudi Arabia.