Fifa imposes home ban on Yugoslavia

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Fifa, the game's world governing body, has banned Yugoslavia from staging international matches until further notice because of the current political climate.

Fifa, the game's world governing body, has banned Yugoslavia from staging international matches until further notice because of the current political climate.

The Fifa World Cup Organising Committee, chaired by Lennart Johansson, took the decision to postpone World Cup qualifying matches against Russia in Belgrade on Saturday and against the Faroe Islands next Wednesday after consulting the three national associations involved. Fifa decided it was not feasible to play the matches after civil unrest in the wake of last month's presidential elections, and will now reschedule the matches.

Uefa, the game's European governing body, recently agreed to a request from Leicester City to play a Uefa Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade at a neutral venue, and the match took place in Vienna last week.

Cameroon, fresh from winning the Olympic final, have flown direct from Sydney to take on a depleted France in a friendly international at the Stade de France tonight.

France, however, have major injury problems. The midfielder Zinedine Zidane, the defender Vincent Candela and the goalkeeper Fabien Barthez will all miss both the Cameroon match and the game against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday. Nicolas Anelka is also out of tonight's match with a right ankle injury.

Patrick Vieira, of Arsenal, and Chelsea's Frank Leboeuf are likely to start for France.

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