CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup Guyana moves for­ward af­ter Bar­ba­dos sanc­tioned over in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT -

Guyana’s hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for their maiden CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup re­ceived a timely boost, as the re­gional con­fed­er­a­tion has sanc­tioned the Bar­ba­dos FA for field­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers dur­ing the team’s matchup in the Na­tions League.

The two teams played to a 2-2 draw at the Na­tional Track and Field Cen­tre, Leonora on Septem­ber 6th.

Fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the match, the Golden Jaguars would have lodged a protest against the Bar­ba­di­ans over the el­i­gi­bil­ity of English-born duo Hal­lam Hope and Krys­tian Pearce.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial re­lease from CON­CA­CAF, “North, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball (Con­ca­caf) to­day an­nounced its Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee has de­cided to sanction the Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, by declar­ing as a for­feit the Con­ca­caf Na­tions League Qual­i­fy­ing match played against Guyana, on Septem­ber 6, 2018.”

The cor­re­spon­dence stated, “Af­ter due ex­am­i­na­tion of the ev­i­dence, the Com­mit­tee de­ter­mined that the Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion in­fringed the ap­pli­ca­ble ar­ti­cles of the Tour­na­ment Reg­u­la­tions and the Reg­u­la­tions Gov­ern­ing the Ap­pli­ca­tion of the FIFA Statutes in re­la­tion to the el­i­gi­bil­ity of play­ers to play for rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams by field­ing in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers Hal­lam Hope and Krys­tian Pearce.”

“In ac­cor­dance with ar­ti­cles 55 and 31 of the FIFA Dis­ci­plinary Code, the Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is con­sid­ered to have lost the match against Guyana by a score of 3-0. The re­sult of the match played against El Sal­vador on Oc­to­ber 13, 2018 is up­held in ac­cor­dance with ar­ti­cle 31 of the FIFA Dis­ci­plinary Code, with a score of 3-0 in fa­vor of El Sal­vador”, the re­lease con­cluded. Due to the favourable rul­ing, Guyana will climb from 15th po­si­tion into the eighth place, which is an au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion berth for the Gold Cup head­ing in the fi­nal round against Belize on March 21st 2019.

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