Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Pascal: Super Eagles Not Bothered By Drop In FIFA Ranking

Pascal: Super Eagles Not Bothered By Drop In FIFA Ranking

Peru's spot at the Fifa World Cup could be in jeopardy following reports of the Peruvian government planning to take control of the football association.

If - and it's a very big "if" - this were to happen, Federation Internationale de Football Association would then be at liberty to decide which team would replace them in Russia, with tournament rules stipulating that rankings do not need to be taken into consideration. The All Whites could claim they would be the fairest decision since they were knocked out by Peru.

Peruvian national newspaper Libero is reporting congresswoman Paloma Noceda has proposed a new bill, which will put the football association under control of the Institute of Sport.

FIFA takes a notoriously uncompromising stance on government involvement in football, banning Kenya from worldwide play in 2006 after its government dissolved the Kenya Football Federation - with FIFA presidential delegate Jerome Champagne calling it a violation of FIFA statutes on "the independence of the election and appointment of national football governing bodies". Kenya was forced to disband its association in 2006 after ignoring the governing body's rules.

Fifa laws state that should a nation withdraw or be excluded from a competition, the Fifa organising committee can use "sole discretion" to "decide to replace the association in question with another association".

"I don't read any meaning to the new rankings".

Long gone are the days when South Africa boasted the strongest team in Africa when Bafana Bafana were once ranked 16th in the world in 1996 after winning the African Cup of Nations.

"If this could affect Peru, it will be debated and removed". Chile finished sixth in South American qualifying, behind Peru on goal difference.

While Italy have been touted as Peru's potential replacement, it is unlikely it will be a European country that would be called in to take Peru's spot, as no more than 13 European nations can enter a World Cup.

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