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
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
The winners will advance to the main qualifying draw being
conducted July 30 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.