FIFA have confirmed initial concerns regarding the fact that Bafana Bafana could lose the ranking points they would have won for their famous 1-0 win over Spain on Tuesday night.
Bafana downed the world champions at the venue where Spain won the 2010 FIFA World Cup thanks to a solitary goal from Bernard Parker - though the home side had many other opportunities to finish off Spain.
A decision in the second-half to allow the visitors a seventh substitution to replace the injured Victor Valdes with Pepe Reina in goal seems to have cost Bafana.
In an international friendly, only six substitutes are permitted, as stipulated in the Laws of the Game, while Soccer-Laduma also revealed that FIFA sent out a circular last year detailing the criteria which must be met in a match which counts for FIFA rankings - where it clearly states the number of allowed substitutes is six.
A statement from FIFA to the Siya crew revealed that a final decision would come after getting the official report, though initial indications are that Bafana are set to miss out on the spoils of their victory.
"We are still in the process of gathering the official report of the said game in order to analyse possible next steps," said the statement.
"From a general point of view, the rules of the game state that 'in national "A" team matches, up to a maximum of six substitutes may be used.'
"Furthermore, circular 1324 clearly defines the 'main criteria for an international friendly to be included in the list used for the calculation of the ranking.'
"Therefore, a game between national teams in which one or both of them make more than six substitutions can't be considered as an A match and, hence, can't count for FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking purposes."
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