Chile may ap­peal Peru World Cup re­sult

Manawatu Standard - - Sport -

The All Whites’ prepa­ra­tions to play Peru may be thrown into dis­ar­ray with Chile re­ported to be con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal over the con­tro­ver­sial fin­ish to the South Amer­i­can team’s fi­nal re­gional Fifa World Cup qual­i­fier.

Peru and Colom­bia drew 1-1 while Chile lost 3-0 to Brazil on the fi­nal day of matches in the tal­ent-stacked zone ear­lier in the week.

Those re­sults saw Chile fin­ish sixth and elim­i­nated in the South Amer­i­can group. Peru ended up fifth with their hopes of mak­ing Rus­sia 2018 still alive as they face a home and away in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal play­off against Ocea­nia cham­pi­ons New Zealand in Novem­ber.

But the Peru re­sult has been un­der a cloud of sus­pi­cion af­ter play­ers from Peru and Colom­bia were seen talk­ing in the fi­nal min­utes, sup­pos­edly about play­ing out a draw that kept both teams in the World Cup frame.

Ac­cord­ing to Chilean daily La Tercera, and re­ported by South Amer­i­can sports site AS yes­ter­day, the Chile Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (ANFP) is con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal against their elim­i­na­tion from qual­i­fy­ing, be­liev­ing a case of match-fix­ing could be in­ves­ti­gated.

They said Chile can re­fer to para­graph 6.3.2 of Fifa’s guide­lines on match-fix­ing, which cov­ers ‘‘un­law­fully in­flu­enc­ing the course or re­sults of matches’’.

The pun­ish­ment for such an of­fence, as re­vealed in the text, in­cludes ‘‘ex­pul­sion from a com­pe­ti­tion, rel­e­ga­tion to a lower di­vi­sion, a points de­duc­tion and /or the re­turn of awards’’.

Colom­bia’s Radamel Fal­cao al­legedly told Peru’s Re­nato Tapia and oth­ers of the qual­i­fy­ing sit­u­a­tion as their match pe­tered out, with Peru’s play­ers pass­ing the ball around their de­fence and mid­field un­con­tested, both teams sim­ply await­ing the fi­nal whis­tle.

‘‘In the last five min­utes, the Colom­bians ap­proached us. They knew what the sit­u­a­tion was in the other games,’’ Tapia told Panamer­i­cana TV sta­tion in a sub­se­quent in­ter­view.

‘‘So we man­aged the game as we needed to … I spoke with Radamel, who told me we were both qual­i­fied [as things stood], but it’s foot­ball and we play to win.’’

Asked by Colom­bian me­dia af­ter the match what he’d said to Peru’s cap­tain Paolo Guer­rero, Fal­cao said: ‘‘We knew what was hap­pen­ing in the other matches, we were play­ing with [the knowl­edge of] the other re­sults and in that mo­ment [I tried] to trans­mit that [to Peru].’’

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