FIFA respond to 'overage' Under-17 World Cup claims

Kenny Laurie
FIFA respond to 'overage' Under-17 World Cup claims

FIFA insist they are yet to receive any official complaint from UAE Under-17 coach Rashid Amir following his claim that 70 per cent of players participating in the ongoing Under-17 World Cup are overage.

Amir made the astonishing accusation following his side's 6-1 loss to Brazil on Sunday evening, and after apportioning the blame on FIFA said he would be writing to the game's governing body for answers.

However, a FIFA spokesman has informed Sport360° that no complaint has been lodged at this stage and insisted that all 24 nations competing in the UAE had complied with their pre-tournament testing programme.

Four players from each team were randomly chosen by FIFA to undertake an MRI wrist scan which can detect a player's age and as such determine whether they are eligible for the competition.

"We can inform you that since the final competition of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup UAE 2013 started, the Disciplinary Committee has not received any official complaints in the regard of players exceeding the age limit," said a FIFA spokesman.

"In order to protect the integrity of the tournament and in the spirit of fair play, FIFA has conducted MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of the wrist prior to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup UAE 2013.

"Four randomly selected players per team have been tested in the UAE under the supervision of FIFA's medical experts."

Amir refused to elaborate further on his claims, only saying that Group A rivals and UAE's conquerors on the night, Brazil, were devoid of any blame.

Brazil coach Alexandre Gallo refused to be drawn on Amir's claims, but was adamant his side had nothing to hide. “We don’t have any overage players, we pay so much attention to that. In Brazil, the clubs and the FA pay a lot of attention to that," he said.


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