FIFA suspend Asian Cup football (soccer) champions Iraq
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The FIFA Executive Committee decided to suspend the Iraqi as of May 26, 2008, following government interference. The Iraqi Government dissolved the Iraqi National Committee and all national sport federations, including the Iraqi Football Association. The suspension for Iraq is from all tournaments for 12 months.
The FIFA Executive Committee will recommend the suspension to the FIFA Congress, which meets inon Friday, but left the door open for a reprieve if reversed its decision by May 29 at 4:00 PM Central European Time.
The suspension puts Iraq'squalification in doubt since qualification has already started for the region. Iraq was scheduled to play Australia in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier in on Sunday then again in next week and if they miss those matches, would be given the points.