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Bahrain coach says 10-0 win is legitimate

  • AP, Monday, April 9, 2012 3:22 PM

The man who coached Bahrain in its 10-0 win over Indonesia in a World Cup qualifier that has sparked a FIFA investigation insists nothing about the game is suspicious.

“We did nothing wrong. There is no need for us to speak to FIFA,” said Peter Taylor, who was hired to coach Bahrain in July. “At the end of the day, the game was played and we did as well as we possibly could and played the strongest team we could.”

Taylor, who managed England as caretaker in 2000, blamed the lopsided result on Indonesia playing an inexperienced team. He said no one from FIFA had contacted him and felt there was no point in discussing the game with soccer’s world governing body.

Bahrain’s win raised suspicion because it went into the game trailing Qatar by three points and nine goals in group standings. Qatar drew 2-2 with Iran in its final qualifying match to advance regardless. Taylor criticized Indonesia for sending a team made up mostly of reserves and whose most experienced player, a goalkeeper, had only been capped 12 times.

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