Banned by FIFA from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Myanmar was given the penalty after a crowd trouble which happened during the country’s match against Oman in July at Yangon.
With Myanmar trailing 2-0 on the day and 4-0 on aggregate, Myanmar fans threw rocks and bottles at Japanese referee Ryuji Sato, visiting coach Paul Le Guen and the Oman players following a hotly disputed penalty.
Athletic competitions among nations is generally termed sports as the athletes and spectators alike should relax and enjoy the contest letting the best performers win. Violent behavior really have no place in sports events.
Aside from the ban, a US$28,000 fine was also meted Myanmar.
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee ruled that the Disciplinary Code was breached in terms of the conduct of the supporters of the Myanmar Football Federation. A great disappointment, Myanmar must acknowledge its lack of proper decorum and learn to observe appropriate conduct next time.
Confirming that the result standing at the time of the interruption of the match was 2-0 in favor of Oman as final, the Bureau of the Organizing Committee of the FIFA World Cup approved the ban. Thus, Oman qualified for the next round of Asia’s preliminary competition.
Also, the costs of the proceedings of CHF 2,000 are also to be borne by the Myanmar Football Federation. The foregoing news is sourced from ESPA Star and IEWY.