MIAMIA, THURSDAY DECEMBER 06, 2018 – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Thursday announced that 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.
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 disciplinary action arose when the Guyana Football Federation filed an official appeal to the world governing body FIFA, claiming that Hope had not received clearance from both FIFA and the English Football Association to represent Barbados.
The Guyana Football Federation also challenged the result of the game, considering Hope played for England at the junior level.
However, an official of the Barbados Football Association said that Barbados had carried out the correct procedure in acquiring the services of 24-year-old Hope.
“A letter was sent to Concacaf and FIFA because they wanted proof of citizenship and that was given,” the official NATIONSPORT.
According to the official: “Everybody else across the board has players who represented other countries at the youth level. The fact is they [Hope and Central defender Krystian Pearce] are Bajans, who never represented another senior national first team. His eligibility is by courtesy. We did nothing wrong. The players must have Bajan passports and that is it. Guyana has 16 players, St Kitts 23, Antigua 18, all outside of their countries.”