Australia to host Yemen in 2-match Oly qualifiers
FIFA has confirmed that Australia will host both matches in an
Olympic qualifying series against Yemen this month due to unrest in
the Middle East nation.
Football Federation Australia issued a statement Monday saying
the second-round preliminary stage Asian qualifiers would be played
at Gosford and Newcastle, both north of Sydney, on June 19 and
The FFA was advised by Australia’s government not to travel to
Yemen due to serious political unrest and violence. Australia
offered to host both legs and Yemen accepted, with FIFA
subsequently ratifying that arrangement.
The winner of the two-leg series will advance to the next stage
of Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics.