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
”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
The return match in Singapore between their under-23 teams is
scheduled for March 9.