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Miami (Thursday, December 6, 2018) The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced 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

Now this makes thing more complicated for teams that are currently sitting in the top 6. The fact that Guyana won 8-0 against Turks Island and 3-0 against Barbados and lost 2-1 to French Guiana, that gives 6 points and + 10 goal differences. A win over Belize will put them in good contention not just for Gold Cup and for league A as well.

Hope is a 25-year-old winger who currently plays for English League Two club Carlisle United. He was born in England but qualifies to play for Barbados through his father.

Twenty-eight-year-old defender Pearce represents Mansfield Town, also in League Two. The six-footer has played for England at the Under-17 and Under-19 levels, and qualifies for Barbados duty also through his father.

Hope scored both goals to tied the game with Guyana 2-2 . Both were still eligible to play for Barbados  providing  they changed their alliance from England to Barbados and had gotten clearance from FIFA., Barbados submitted the application for both Hope and Pierce but they couldn't wait for FIFA clearance and used them both in the game against Guyana prior to FIFA approval.

Even though a player born elsewhere may be eligible to represent his country, he/she still has to be cleared by FIFA. Guyana knew all about it even before the game..filed a complaint with FIFA and won.

Now with  3-0 automatic win, 6 points and a + 10 goals difference, Guyana can be qualify for a GOLD cup  spot and even can even find themselves in league A next year with a win over Belize  and some losses by the top 6 teams in the nation league

That's not the first time this happen to Barbados. In a WCQ game against Aruba, they submitted an application with FIFA 2 days before a WCQ game and used the player before FIFA clearance and got disqualified.

Haiti , Jamaica, T&T who also used a lot of foreign  based players, players from MLS and from other  league never got disqualified because they played their cards well. It's the lower rank Caribbean teams who always got them-self in trouble..

USSF proposes joint CONCACAF-South American tournament

United States invites South America teams to new 2020 event

CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. Soccer Federation is proposing a joint tournament between CONCACAF and South American nations for June 2020 that would be similar to the Centennial Copa America.

The USSF said Tuesday the proposed tournament would have 16 or 20 nations, including all 10 from South America, and would be held at around the same time as the European Championship.

FIFA would have to place the tournament on its international calendar in order for clubs to be forced to release players to national teams.

The 16-nation Centennial Copa America was played in the U.S. in 2016.

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