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Yugoslavia banned for 1994 World

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Yugoslavia Thursday was banned from the 1994 World Cup because of its ongoing war.

FIFA, world soccer's governing body, said the move was in keeping with U.N. sanctions against the fractured country, now made up of Serbia and Montenegro.

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The expulsion originally came in August but FIFA granted Yugoslavia a one-month delay at the request of Premier Milan Panic.

'But as another ultimatum by the United Nations expired on the night to Wednesday without any action by Yugoslavia, and in view of continuing warfare we could not decide otherwise,' FIFA spokesman Guido Tognoni said.

Yugoslavia had been drawn into qualifying Group 5 with Hungary, Greece, Russia, Iceland and Luxembourg. A replacement was not named.

In addition, FIFA banished Yugoslavia from the World Indoors Championships in November in Hong Kong. Its berth will be taken by Belgium.

UEFA, European soccer's ruling body, excluded Yugoslavia from the European Championships in June. Denmark, the last-minute substitute, went on to win the title.

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