By Elizabeth Broomhall
Coach says nothing unusual about Gulf state's 10-0 thumping of Indonesia
The coach of Bahrain's football team has said the team "did nothing wrong" in the wake of the sport's governing body announcing that it would probe the Gulf state's recent 10-0 victory over Indonesia.
The scoreline had aroused suspicion with FIFA as the ten-goal romp was exactly the result required by Bahrain to match rivals Qatar to progress to the next round in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
announced its intentions to conduct a “routine examination" following the game.
security will conduct a routine examination of this game and its result,"
a spokesperson for FIFA told the UK’s Telegraph newspaper in a statement.
that the probe was justified "given the unusual outcome against results
expectation and head-to-head history, and in the interests of maintaining
unequivocal confidence in our game."
hearing about FIFA’s decision to investigate the win, Bahrain’s national coach
Peter Taylor said his team “did nothing wrong”.
Taylor, who was hired to coach Bahrain in July, said: “At the end of the
day, the game was played and we did as well as we possibly could and played the
strongest team we could.
“All we can do is turn up and try and win a match. We should have won by
more than 10. We missed two penalties.”
lost its five previous group matches, allowing 16 goals and scoring just three.
criticised Indonesia for sending a team made up mostly of reserves onto the