Iraq to pay compensation to fired coach

The Iraqi Football Association says it will pay 400,000 euros

($527,000) in compensation to former national coach Egil Olsen, who

was fired after the then Asian champions were knocked out of

qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

Olsen was fired in 2008 after his team lost to China and players

began complaining about his training methods.

Iraqi FA official Abdul-Khaliq Masoud said FIFA ordered the

association to pay Olsen, who now coaches Norway, the compensation

for nullifying his contract. The association chose to pay up rather

than face possible punishment from football’s world governing


Iraq is set resume its 2014 World Cup campaign in June.