In December 2006 Kuwait's governing body for football called for Australia's exclusion from the Asian Football Confederation.
"We are against Australia joining the Asian continent, even in soccer," said Sheikh Talal.
"This is the biggest mistake made against Asian soccer. This will kill the ambitions of Asian soccer.... "What are we going to benefit from Australia's soccer team? Is it the experience. We might play with them once every four years."
And the ref for the Japan - Australia game - who yellow carded Harry Kewell and David Carney for diving and sent off Vince Grella? AL FADHLI, Saad Kameel of KUWAIT (together with assistants from Oman and Iraq).