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Football’s governing body FIFA said Monday that it has lifted a ban on Burma’s participation in the 2018 World Cup, but that a fine imposed over the violence wrought by the Asian state’s supporters stays.
A 2014 World Cup qualifier between Burma and Oman in July was abandoned after home fans in the Rangoon stadium pelted the pitch with rocks, shoes and water bottles.
FIFA confirmed the score at the time of interruption of the game at 2-0 for Oman, who had won the first leg of the game at the same score.
Beyond the 2014 World Cup, FIFA had also banned Burma from the following World Cup, and imposed a fine of 25,000 francs ($US27,758) on the team.
But on Monday, FIFA said it “decided that the appeal lodged by the Burma Football Federation be partially upheld.”
“The exclusion of the Burma Football Federation from taking part in the matches of the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was annulled, and the Burma Football Federation will therefore be reintegrated into the preliminary competition,” it added.
Burma would now have to play all their home matches of the 2018 qualifiers on neutral ground.