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Nov 7, 2011

FIFA lifts Myanmar World Cup ban

Myanmar have been allowed back into the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup after FIFA lifted its ban on appeal.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, were removed from the competition after crowd trouble halted their 2014 Asian qualifying match against Oman in July.

Japanese referee Ryuji Sato was forced to halt the game two minutes into stoppage time after fans hurled rocks and glass bottles at him following a penalty award. FIFA awarded Oman a 2-0 victory and threw their opponents out of the next qualification round, but Myanmar have now been reinstated on the provision that they place all of their home matches in another country.

"The Myanmar Football Federation will be reintegrated into the preliminary competition," said FIFA in a statement. "(Myanmar) will now be required to play all their home matches in the preliminary competition for the 2018 World Cup on neutral ground in another country."

The isolationist country, who dissolved their Junta rule in March but remain under the control of the military, have never qualified for the World Cup finals and will still have to pay a fine of 25,000 Swiss francs (£17,000).

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