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FIFA cancels Kuwait World Cup qualifiers

Kuwait FA has been suspended by FIFA because of government interference in their local football association

FIFA cancels Kuwait World Cup qualifiers
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FIFA has cancelled Kuwait’s Asian World Cup qualifying matches against Laos and South Korea this month, world football's governing body said on Monday.

The Kuwait Football Association were suspended by FIFA in October because of government interference in their local football association.

In a statement on its website, FIFA said that due to the ongoing suspension, Kuwait’s World Cup qualifying matches scheduled for 24 and 29 March, against Laos and South Korea respectively, “cannot take place as things stand at the time of writing”.

FIFA said it has contacted the relevant footballing authorities in each of the nations affected, adding that the issue has now been referred to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for its consideration. Further information will follow in due time.

Last month, four of Kuwait's 1982 World Cup heroes are toured the Gulf region lobbying football chiefs in an attempt to have a FIFA ban on the country's football association overturned.

A delegation led by Kuwaiti MP Abdullah al-Maayouf, who played for the country at their only World Cup finals, met senior football officials from Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to push Kuwait's case for reinstatement.

Maayouf travelled with Saad al-Houthi, Mohammed Karam and Naeem Saad - also members of Kuwait's only World Cup squad to date -- in the hope of garnering support for their case for reinstatement.

Kuwait’s Olympic committee has also been suspended by the International Olympic Committee - its second such ban in five years - over government interference, putting Kuwait's participation at this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics in doubt.

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