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.

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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