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 By PA Sport

FIFA fines Albanian FA for fans setting off fireworks against Italy

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Albania's fans disrupted the World Cup qualifier against Italy.

FIFA has fined the Albanian Football Association 100,000 Swiss francs (£78,000) for the misbehaviour of its national team's fans during last month's World Cup qualifier against Italy in Palermo.

The hosts won the Group G game 2-0 but it was held up for eight minutes when Albania supporters threw fireworks, flares and smoke bombs on the pitch. Italian fans also set off flares during the game and the Italian FA has been fined nearly £12,000.

Albania has been fined by FIFA for fan incidents...

 By Paul Murphy

Alain Perrin interviewed by Thailand, wants to tighten up defence

Claudio Ranieri and Alejandro Sabella are the latest to be linked to become the next manager of the Thailand national team.
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Alain Perrin says tightening up Thailand's leaking defence would be his priority if appointed national coach.

Former China boss Alain Perrin is hoping it will be a case of "last but not least" after being the final candidate to be interviewed for the position of Thailand's head coach.

The Frenchman met Thai officials on Monday, three days after last Friday's deadline, due to the efforts of one of his former players. Benoit Croissant, who Perrin managed at Troyes in Ligue 1, is a former S.League player based in Singapore who helped set up the meeting with the Football Association of Thailand (FAT).

And Perrin,...

China coach Marcello Lippi accepts Iran were better in World Cup qualifier

Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A.

Marcello Lippi lauded Carlos Queiroz's Iran team as he conceded China still have a lot of improvements to make after seeing his side's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup diminish further with a 1-0 defeat,

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game at a packed Azadi Stadium as Iran notched up their fifth win in seven qualifiers to stand on the verge of qualifying for a second successive World Cup while China's chances of appearing in Russia slipped further.

Lippi's team remain on five points...

China on brink of elimination as Zhang Yuning experiment fails against Iran

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Mehdi Taremi's shot trickled over the line as Iran earned a much needed 1-0 win over China in Group A.

Iran secured their fifth win in seven qualifying matches and remained unbeaten in the third phase of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a 1-0 win over China at the Azadi Stadium, leaving Carlos Queiroz's side on the verge of next year's finals.

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game against a China side buoyed by their victory over South Korea last week, but who now are on the verge of missing out on the finals of the World Cup once again.

China remain in fifth place in the group...