China's World Cup qualifier moved from Myanmar

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BEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) World soccer's governing body FIFA has decided to move China's World Cup qualifier against Myanmar in Yangon to a third country.

The October 28 preliminary for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa would instead be played in Malaysia, Asian Football Confederation spokeswoman Clare Tipton said today.

''It is confirmed as Malaysia, but whether it is in Kuala Lumpur .... or somewhere else is subject to FIFA and the local football competition,'' she added.

Myanmar's military junta cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrations led by monks last month, in which at least 10 people were killed.

China is to play the preliminary's first leg against Myanmar in Foshan, in southern Guangdong province, on Sunday.

REUTERS AB VC1000

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