Bar­ba­dos slapped with CON­CA­CAF sanc­tion

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT -

BRIDGETOWN, Bar­ba­dos (CMC) — The Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BFA) has been slapped with a sanc­tion from Con­ca­caf for field­ing two in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers in the coun­try’s open­ing game against Guyana.

The move has dealt a se­vere blow to the is­land’s hopes of qual­i­fy­ing in the Na­tions League.

Bar­ba­dos earned a hard­fought 2-2 draw in Septem­ber’s away match in Leonora, but Con­ca­caf over­turned the re­sult on Wed­nes­day and awarded the match to Guyana by a 3-0 score­line.

The Eng­land-based pair of Hal­lam Hope and Krys­tian Pearce, who made their in­ter­na­tional de­but for Bar­ba­dos in that fix­ture, are at the cen­tre of the con­tro­versy.

Hope scored a sec­ond half­brace to put Bar­ba­dos ahead af­ter they had fallen be­hind to a first-half strike by Trayon Bobb.

Guyana foot­ball au­thor­i­ties sub­se­quently filed a protest with foot­ball’s world gov­ern­ing body, Fifa, con­tend­ing that Hope had not re­ceived the ap­pro­pri­ate clear­ance to rep­re­sent Bar­ba­dos.

Fol­low­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion Con­ca­caf said its Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee had de­cided to sanc­tion Bar­ba­dos over the in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers.

“The Con­fed­er­a­tion of 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,” a Con­ca­caf state­ment said.

“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 duo also played in the Match-day two fix­ture against El Sal­vador in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try in Oc­to­ber, when Bar­ba­dos were de­feated 3-0, but Con­ca­caf said that re­sult would stand.

“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 favour of El Sal­vador,” the state­ment added.

Hope is a 25-year-old winger who cur­rently plays for English League Two club Carlisle United. He was born in Eng­land but qual­i­fies to play for Bar­ba­dos through his fa­ther.

Twenty-eight-year-old de­fender Pearce rep­re­sents Mans­field Town, also in League Two. The six-footer has played for Eng­land at the Un­der-17 and Un­der-19 lev­els, and qual­i­fies for Bar­ba­dos duty also through his fa­ther.

The de­ci­sion by Con­ca­caf to sanc­tion the BFA is a blow to Bar­ba­dos’ cam­paign and leaves them with two de­feats and a sin­gle win – a 3-0 blank­ing of the US Vir­gin Is­lands at the Wildey Astro Turf last month.

Pearce and Hope did not play in that match, where goals from lo­cal play­ers Hadan Hol­li­gan, Ra­heim Sargeant and Mario Harte gave the hosts an em­phatic vic­tory.

With the Guyana win for­feited, Bar­ba­dos have dropped to 23rd on three points in the 34-na­tion com­pe­ti­tion that serves as a qual­i­fier for the pres­ti­gious Con­ca­caf Gold Cup next year.

They have one re­main­ing match in the se­ries when they host Cen­tral Amer­i­can side Nicaragua in a dif­fi­cult fix­ture next March.

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