Syria vs Lebanon World Cup qualifier called off early amid ugly scenes and riots in stands

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The crunch 2022 World Cup qualifier between Syria and Jordan has been interrupted and ended early after ugly scenes broke out in the stands, with fans rioting by ‘throwing stones’ at one another in the Saida Municipal Stadium.

Syria led 3-0 as the match entered the final 15 minutes, although the result did not matter for Ghassan Maatouk’s men as they had already been knocked out of qualifying after a poor showing in group A of the third round.

Lebanon, however, could still qualify with a win as it would have put them level with United Arab Emirates despite their inferior goal difference.

The ‘Cedars’ would have to hope that the UAE lost their two remaining games by a difference of more than six due to goals scored, meaning they would have to beat Syria heavily to have any chance of qualifying.

But with their side 3-0 down late into the game and almost definitely ruining their chances of reaching the World Cup in the process,  fans halted the game by throwing stones at fans and players alike in ugly scenes.

And it appears that match officials simply stopped the game instead of allowing it to run as the World Cup in Qatar continues to undergo more controversy ahead of its commencement in November. 

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