Iraq forfeits Olympic football qualifier vs. UAE

FIFA has ruled that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in an

Olympic football qualifying win last November, and awarded a 3-0

victory to United Arab Emirates.

Iraq won the Nov. 27 match 2-0 but was found guilty of fielding

defender Jasim Faisal, who should have been suspended for that game

after receiving two yellow cards in two previous matches.

This was the second time this month a team from the region was

forced to forfeit a qualifier for fielding an ineligible player.

Oman was awarded a win over Qatar after the teams initially played

to a draw.

The UAE is tied with Uzbekistan at the top of Group B with two

matches to go.