You might have thought that the dull 0-0 draw between Uruguay and Jordan finalised the 32 teams at the World Cup in Brazil next summer - you’d be wrong.
In fact it was the result of two appeals that ended any doubt over who would be attending the tournament - both appeals coming in Africa, and affecting Chelsea players.
You will probably already know that Burkina Faso, the nation of the clubs starlet Bertrand Traore, failed in an appeal to have Algeria thrown out because they allege he was suspended anyway, he should have been sent off before scoring the winner, the referee did not add on sufficient time and that there was a number of fatalities in the celebrations following that win.
However this has been rejected by FIFA - so for Tunisia to complain about their Cameroon result they must have had some pretty serious allegations and sound evidence - considering the list of reasons Burkina Faso could have had The Desert Foxes kicked out for.
But not really.
Ever played on FIFA and demanded a rematch because your mate beat you with a team fielding players who no longer play with that outfit. Like an Arsenal with RVP or a Tottenham with Gareth Bale.
Well Tunisia’s argument was as petty and frivolous as that.
They argued that Joel Matip and Eric Choupo-Moting should have been deemed ineligible -because they were born in Germany.
Matip was born in Bochum and has never represented Germany at international level - while Choupo-Moting played for Germany’s under-19 and 21 sides - but has played for the Indomitable Lions since 2010 making 19 caps.
But Tunisia argued that Cameroon had not gone through the right procedures to nationalise the players however the two were both born to Cameroonian parents - so there was never any naturalisation needed.
It just goes to show how desperate teams are to play at the World Cup - that they would use such a frivolous excuse to put in a protest.
But Samuel Eto’o of Chelsea can now make his way to Brazil next summer - while Traore will watch it from home.
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