The AFC says a decision from the FIFA disciplinary committee "is still pending." Macau risks forfeiting the game as a 3-0 loss. The draw is for eight five-team groups. They will start play in September and finish next June.
Group winners and the four best runners-up will advance to the final qualifying round. Four teams will then qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. Asia can qualify another team in an intercontinental playoff round.
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