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FRENCH GUIANA ON THE VERGE OF SANCTION FOR FIELDING FLORENT MALOUDA

French Guaina is on the verge of being sanctioned for fielding Florent Malouda in the Gold Cup against Honduras in America.

The North American side fielded the ex-Chelsea and France international this morning in the Gold Cup in a game that ended 0-0.

The Gold Cup uses the FIFA rules meaning French Guiana has erred in fielding Florent Malouda who earned 80 caps for France.

FIFA rules says no club can play for any other country when he features for a country whether of his birth or his origin.

“We are using FIFA rules so a player who’s played in an official match for a different [country] cannot play in the Gold Cup,” said a CONCACAF official.

“The disciplinary committee will review the case and render its decision in due time”, CONCACAF said in a statement.

French Guiana is an overseas department of France and a not Fifa members and could not, for example, play in the World Cup but as they are not Fifa members, the global governing body’s eligibility rules do not normally apply to them. As a result Malouda was allowed to play for French Guiana in the 2017 Caribbean Cup, featuring twice as they finished third in Martinique in June.

Florent Malouda now plays for Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos.

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