Socceroos security fears ahead of Bangladesh qualifier

The Socceroos World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh has been thrown into doubt after ISIS claimed responsibility for the murder of an Italian aid worker in the nation’s capital.

Football Federation Australia raised security concerns with FIFA , the Asian Football Confederation and federal government departments ahead of the November 17 match.

The heightened terrorist threat in the region has already led to the postponement of the Australian cricket team’s tour of Bangladesh.

"FFA is concerned about the security situation in Bangladesh and will continue on-going discussions with DFAT, relevant Government agencies and security experts in relation to the Socceroos World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh in Dhaka on 17 November 2015," an FFA spokesperson said. 

"FFA has formally raised the matter with FIFA and AFC."

It is not the first time the national team has had to deal with security concerns during this campaign. The last qualifier was played in Dushanbe, Takijistan, just days after anti-government militia attacked police in the streets.

The Socceroos have won all three of their qualifying matches, including a 5-0 drubbing of Bangladesh in Perth last month, and currently sit on top of their World Cup qualifying group. They will play Jordan in Amman on Thursday.