FIFA rules Syria, Yemen unsafe for WCup qualifiers

FIFA says Syria won’t host a 2014 World Cup qualifying match

this month because of unrest there, during an uprising against

President Bashar Assad.

FIFA says Syria will play its home leg against Tajikistan on

July 23 in neutral Jordan, at a city to be chosen.

Tajikistan will host Syria in Tursunzade for the return leg five

days later.

Yemen is also judged unsafe to host World Cup qualifiers during

ongoing protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

FIFA says it’s still confirming a neutral venue for Yemen’s

return match against Iraq on July 28. Iraq hosts the first leg at

Arbil.

The winners will advance to the main qualifying draw being

conducted July 30 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.