FIFA cancels 2 of Kuwait's World Cup qualifying matches

ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it has canceled Kuwait's two scheduled World Cup qualifying matches this month and opened a disciplinary case against the country's soccer federation.

Kuwait has been suspended by FIFA since October because of government interference in how the federation is run.

The national team also failed to play a previous World Cup qualifier in November. That match was forfeited as a 3-0 win for Myanmar.

Kuwait was scheduled to play Laos on March 24 and complete its program against group leader South Korea five days later.

FIFA says it told the federations involved that the matches ''cannot take place as things stand.''

Kuwait faces forfeiting both matches and being fined.

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