(WFI) The suspension of the Kuwait FA by FIFA has already resulted in a forfeit of one World Cup qualifier for the country.
Now it appears Kuwait will be forfeiting its final two scheduled matches of Round 2 qualifying for Russia.
FIFA, in a statement on Monday March 14, revealed that Kuwait’s matches against Laos on March 24 and South Korea on March 29 “cannot take place as things stand at the time of writing.”
Kuwait has been suspended since mid-October of last year for government interference in its football association. As part of Monday’s statement, FIFA says Kuwait “were also informed that these matters are to be referred to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for its consideration.”
Kuwait’s qualifier against Myanmar in November was cancelled by FIFA, who awarded Myanmar a 3-0 win. Despite the forfeit, Kuwait are currently second in qualifying Group G, eight points behind South Korea. But the cancellation of the final two fixtures means they would have no realistic chance of finishing as one of the four best second-place teams and qualify for Round 3 of World Cup qualifying in Asia.
FIFA’s move should not come as a surprise. A decision on the suspensions of Kuwait and Indonesia, originally on the agenda at the FIFA Extraordinary Congress on Feb. 26, was pushed back to FIFA’s next Congress in May. In the meantime, FIFA has chosen to continue to punish Kuwait with more cancelled matches.
At the heart of the matter was a change in Kuwait’s sports laws. The International Olympic Committee suspended the Kuwait Olympic committee less than two weeks later when the new sports laws went into effect.
By INSIDER Gerard Farek
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