Oman under threat of FIFA World Cup expulsion

Qantas Socceroos' FIFA World Cup opponents Oman are under threat of being kicked out of qualifying by FIFA.

Oman could be kicked out of 2014 World Cup qualifying and banned from international football after FIFA admitted it was concerned after a court order enforced annulling last year's Omani Football Association (OFA) elections.

In an official statement released, FIFA said it may heavily sanction the federation and national team if the results of last year's elections, which were held under the strict observation of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), were annulled.

The potential annulment comes following the June 25 court ruling which came about after three clubs complained about the election process.

Paul Le Guen's Oman side are currently competing in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they gained two points from their opening three matches against Japan, Australia and Iraq.

A FIFA statement read: “All FIFA members associations have to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties.

“Such a suspension would jeopardise the participation of Oman in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and other international competitions, and would also entail that neither the OFA nor any of its members or officials could benefit from any development programme, course, or training from FIFA or the AFC while the OFA is suspended.”