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FIFA fine Kuwait for failing to play two Asian World Cup qualifiers

Kuwait did not play their final three AFC World Cup qualifiers due to a FIFA suspension.

FIFA have fined the Kuwait soccer federation 30,000 Swiss francs for failing to play two World Cup qualifying matches last month.

Kuwait have been suspended by FIFA and are unable to play on the international stage since October, because of government interference in how the federation is run.

The ban effectively ended Kuwait's qualifying chance with three games left to play.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel also reprimanded the Kuwaiti body for forfeiting games at home to Laos and at South Korea in March.

Kuwait had previously failed to play in November against Myanmar which got a 3-0 win by forfeit.

South Korea advanced as group winner to the next stage of qualifying for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The final Asian group stage draw will be held next Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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