By Claire Valdini
Gulf nation will not compete in London following defeat by Senegal in playoff
Oman’s Olympic dreams were
dashed on Monday after Senegal’s national football team beat the Gulf
The match, held in front of
a crowd of more than 11,000 in the UK, saw Senegal score two minutes
from the start and two minutes from the end of their playoff.
It is the first time Senegal
has qualified for the finals. The team will find out who their opponents are when the
draw is made at London's Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
Oman's exit from the tournament is the second piece of bad news the team has had this week.
FIFA fined Oman CHF12,000(US$13,060) on Sunday after fans disrupted an Olympic qualification match by throwing objects onto the field.
Football’s governing body
said it had cautioned Oman Football Association about fans' future conduct
after a match referee in February was forced to halt a tie between Oman and
South Korea in order to clear the field of fireworks and other debris.
FIFA said fans at the match,
Oman’s preliminary round 3 at Seeb Stadium, behaved contrary to sports laws and
the spirit of the game.