FIFA awards Saudi Arabia a 3-0 win after Malaysia crowd trouble

Players from Saudi Arabia watch as a flare is thrown during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept. 8, 2015. (Reuters)

Malaysia have been issued with a formal warning and a raft of other sanctions from soccer’s world governing body FIFA after their World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia last month was abandoned because of crowd trouble.

FIFA took a dim view of the crowd disturbances in Malaysia and announced on Monday a series of penalties against the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), which was hosting the match so deemed to be responsible for crowd control.

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FIFA’s disciplinary committee ruled that the match had been deemed to be forfeited by Malaysia, awarding Saudi Arabia a 3-0 win, and Malaysia’s next World Cup qualifier at home, against United Arab Emirates on Nov. 17, would be played without any spectators.

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