Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fifa to investigate Bahrain's 10-0 win over Indonesia

Fifa has confirmed that it will launch an investigation into Wednesday's World Cup 2014 Asian third-round qualifier between Bahrain and Indonesia.

The match raised eyebrows due to the nature of the scoreline, which saw the Arab outfit trounce a weakened Indonesian side 10-0 after going into the fixture with the requirement of wiping out a nine-goal deficit to have any chance of reaching the fourth round of qualifying.

However, in a statement released on Thursday, Fifa announced it will conduct a 'routine' inquiry into the encounter.

"Fifa security will conduct a routine examination of this game and its result, given the unusual outcome against results expectation and head-to-head history, and in the interests of maintaining unequivocal confidence in our game."

Despite their best efforts, which were aided by Indonesia goalkeeper Samsidar's third-minute red card, Qatar eventually grabbed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Iran, rendering Bahrain's result redundant.

Indonesia endured a miserable qualiyfing campaign, losing all six of their matches and were forced to field an inexperienced team after a number of their senior players were suspended for their allegiance to clubs in the country's breakaway Super League.

By Livio Caferoglu | – Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:45 PM SGT

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