FIFA suspends match between Sudan and Chad

FIFA suspends match between Sudan and Chad

SYDNEY (Reuters) This weekend’s World Cup qualifier between Sudan and Chad has been postponed because of tensions between the two African countries, FIFA announced on Thursday.

The match was due to be played in Omdurman, Sudan on Saturday but football’s world governing body agreed to suspend the tie until further notice.

“In view of the current situation between Sudan and Chad, FIFA has decided to suspend the 2010 FIFA World Cup preliminary competition game between Sudan and Chad, which was originally scheduled to be played on 31 May 2008,” a FIFA statement said.

“This case will be submitted shortly to the Bureau of the Organising Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, which will pass a final decision on the fate of this match and on any other possible measures in line with the regulations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.”

Sudan and Chad share a common border but relations between the two countries have become strained in recent times.

Earlier this month, Sudan cut diplomatic relations with Chad, blaming its neighbour for an attack on the capital Khartoum which killed more than 200 people.

Chad denies responsibility and has accused Sudan of masterminding rebel attacks on them in the past.

The two teams were drawn in the same World Cup qualifying group along with Mali and the Congo.

(Reporting by Julian Linden. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.

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