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FIFA rules in favour of SVG in World Cup protest

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2015 | 2:26 PM


The Football world's governing body, FIFA, has turned down a protest by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) alleging that St Vincent and the Grenadines used an ineligible player during a World Cup qualification game in June.

The GFF had requested FIFA to investigate and rule on the status of the player, James Gavin, of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the status and outcome of the game played in the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on June 14 between both teams at the Guyana National Stadium.

The GFF was questioning the eligibility of Gavin and whether he was in possession of a St Vincent and the Grenadines passport during the qualification games.

However, in a letter to the GFF, FIFA's disciplinary committee ruled that "after careful examination of all the requested information and documentation, it was considered that no further intervention was necessary in such context".

The GFF said that it is currently seeking legal advice on whether to appeal the ruling to the FIFA appeals committee.

St Vincent and the Grenadines advanced on away goals after a 2-2 draw in Arnos Vale, followed by a 4-4 tie in Georgetown.