FIFA suspends Ukraine, Peru decisions
By Football News
FIFA's decision on whether Peru and Ukraine will play their next home World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors has been suspended.
Peru were forced to play their next home qualifier against Bolivia on October 15 without spectators after match officials reported "very serious incidents of improper conduct committed by local fans" during their South American fixture with Uruguay in September.
Ukraine were given the same punishment for their European Group H qualifier against Poland following crowd trouble in their game with San Marino in September.
Both the Peruvian Football Association and the Football Federation of Ukraine appealed the decisions by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee, and the suspension of the rulings has now been confirmed by the governing body.
"The respective appeals have been granted suspensive effect until further notice due to the fact that the FIFA Appeal Committee will not be able to take a decision on the main issue early enough," a FIFA statement read.
"The sanctions imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee are suspended and only once the FIFA Appeal Committee has had an opportunity to decide on the appeals will FIFA communicate further information on the two cases."
Both countries have two games remaining in their qualification campaigns for Brazil 2014, with Peru unable to progress from their pool.
Ukraine currently sit joint second with Montenegro in their group, a point off leaders England.