Yemen sanctioned for fielding ineligible player

The Yemen Football Association (YFA) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in a preliminary competition match for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia played between Yemen and Korea DPR on 11 June 2015.

The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 0-3 in favour of Korea DPR, with the YFA also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered the YFA liable for having breached art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) and Article 8 of the Regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Upon delivering its decision, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee referred to the wording of art. 55 of the FDC which sets a clear sanction for any breach of eligibility rules.

The sanction relates to the Yemeni player Mudir Abdurabu Ali Al Radaei failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches (Article 17 par. 3 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code).

The sanction will have immediate effect.