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A Lifeline For Bafana?

Despite FIFA saying that Bafana’s win over Spain could be struck from the record, it appears there is a precedent when a game stood, despite the use of a seventh substitute.

There was controversy as Gordon Igesund’s men beat the world champions 1-0 at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night, with Spain using a seventh substitute to replace the injured Victor Valdes.

Due to the incident FIFA have since explained that they are looking into the game, but that it could well be downgraded to a practice game, rather than an official friendly, because of the changing of the rules during the game.

Read: FIFA Confirm Bafana Fears

However, the Siya crew has done some digging and discovered that a friendly between England and Trinidad & Tobago was put under the microscope after the Three Lions used a seventh substitute in the game.

On that occasion there was talk of the game being downgraded, although FIFA decided to allow the result to stand because of it being a mistake by the referee to allow it to happen.

At the time FIFA said, "FIFA can confirm it did not give special dispensation to make up to seven substitutions at the Trinidad & Tobago v England friendly match played on Sunday, 1 June 2008.

"The referee of this match confirmed to FIFA that he received no instruction 
to allow for such a special dispensation, but that it had been a mistake by the 

"As FIFA has received no official protest regarding this match, it shall be
considered as an official match."

It remains to be seen as to whether Bafana’s win against Spain, which would give them 558 points in the FIFA rankings, will stand, although it seems that the world governing body are still looking into the situation.

By Joe Crann

Follow Joe on Twitter: @YesWeCrann


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