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Fifa orders Indonesia to play World Cup qualifier behind closed doors

Indonesian national football team supporters during the AFF U19 Cup Final match between Indonesia and Vietnam. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

Football world governing body Fifa has ordered Indonesia to play its next World Cup qualifier, against the United Arab Emirates, behind closed doors, after crowd trouble during home games last year.

In October, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) was fined $45,000 (€41,000) for trouble at the qualifier against Malaysia in Jakarta on September 5. The game was halted after home fans threw flares and water bottles at the away section. The Football Association of Malaysia made an official complaint about the incident to the AFC and Fifa.

Fox Sports reports that Indonesia will now have to play their last home qualifier, against the UAE on March 31, without the presence of their supporters in a closed stadium.

The FAM was also fined $51,300 (€46,200) for crowd trouble during Malaysia’s World Cup qualifier against Indonesia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on November 19.