FIFA postpones Yemen’s 2012 Olympics qualifier

FIFA has postponed Yemen’s home qualifying match for the 2012

Olympics against Singapore because of anti-government protests in

the capital Sanaa.

FIFA agreed Friday with the Asian Football Confederation to

delay next Wednesday’s scheduled first-leg match by one week until

March 2.

”The joint decision was taken in order to ensure that all

parties concerned can organize this match and play it in a totally

safe and secure environment,” FIFA said in a statement.

The match could later be switched to a neutral country.

”In the event that the situation in Yemen does not clearly

improve in the next days, the match would need to take place on

neutral ground,” the governing body said.

Police fired tear gas on Friday at protesters in Yemen demanding

the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Yemen is due to host Singapore at the Ali Muhsen Stadium in

Sanaa, in the first round of Asian qualifying for the 2012 London

Games.

The return match in Singapore between their under-23 teams is

scheduled for March 9.