FIFA launch investigation as Taylor's Bahrain win crucial World Cup qualifier 10-0
Under investigation: Peter Taylor watches on on Wednesday night
FIFA have announced that they will open a 'routine' investigation into Bahrain's 10-0 win over Indonesia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.
The side managed by Peter Taylor, former England international and one-time caretaker manager of the Three Lions, required a nine-goal swing in goal difference to stand any chance of qualifying ahead of Qatar.
They duly achieved the scoreline they required, but an 86th-minute equaliser from Qatar against Iran ended their hope of qualification.
A FIFA statement said its security department 'will conduct a routine examination of this game and its result.'
FIFA say the probe is justified by 'the unusual outcome against results expectation and head-to-head history, and in the interests of maintaining unequivocal confidence in our game.'
Indonesia goalkeeper Syamsidar was sent
off after just three minutes and the home side could even afford to miss
two penalties and still win by a ridiculous scoreline.
Mauling: Indonesia's keeper lets in another goal (above) as Bahrain's players hang their heads after hearing the Qatar result (below)
Bahrain’s previous highest winning
margin in any game was 5-0, and the last three World Cup meetings
between the two sides ended 2-0 to Bahrain, 2-1 to Indonesia and 3-1