Iraq forfeits Olympic soccer qualifier vs UAE
FIFA has ruled that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in an
Olympic soccer 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.
The ruling Wednesday was the second this month that forced a
team from the region 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.