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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

World Cup qualifying playoffs in Europe: All you need to know

With the playoff teams set in Europe, the FC crew assess which unseeded side has the best chance of reaching the World Cup.

The final four places at the World Cup finals from Europe will be decided via four playoffs.

Who has qualified for the playoffs?

Eight nations are into the playoffs, ranked based on the October 2017 FIFA Ranking.

Seeded: Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Denmark
Unseeded: Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Greece

Who can play each other?

Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark will be the top-ranked teams, and thus seeded. They were also the four runners-up who had the best record in group...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Bosnia and Herzegovina FA to probe assistant coach over alleged punch

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Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina came to blows in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

The Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina has said it will investigate assistant coach Stephane Gilli after he appeared to punch an opposing Greece player during an on-pitch brawl.

The incident happened following Friday's World Cup qualifier in Zenica, which ended in a 0-0 draw, with Bosnia's Edin Dzeko and Greece's Kostas Manolas -- teammates at Roma -- involved in a confrontation that led to a melee between the two sides.

Greece's Giannis Gianniotas appeared to race over to the brawl...

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FIFA gives Chile and Romania stadium bans, fines many Latin American FAs

Poland's Robert Lewandowski was caught in the explosion of fireworks in a game at Romania last month.

Chile and Romania have received stadium bans from FIFA, as the world governing body issued fines to a number of national football associations on Monday, including many for anti-gay chants in Latin America.

FIFA ruled that Chile will not be allowed to play their next two World Cup qualifiers at their home stadium in Santiago, while also giving out fines to Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Panama "for various incidents involving unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants...

Greece apologise to Bosnians for fans' Srebrenica banner

Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Greece football officials have apologised to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina after a fan's banner referred to the Srebrenica massacre at a World Cup qualifying match.

In a statement on Monday, the Greek football federation condemned the "unacceptable posting of a banner with fascist content... which it condemns in the most absolute and categorical way."

A banner with the slogan "Noz, zica, Srebrenica" ("Knife, wire, Srebrenica" in Serbian) was displayed among Greece fans during the teams' 1-1 draw...