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SAFA officially files protest

2011-10-10 22:29

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) has officially filed a protest letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday following the controversial 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying ruling that eliminated Bafana Bafana, despite them finishing on top of Group G on goal difference.

CAF invoked rule 14.1, which states that in case of equality of points between two or more teams, after all the group matches, a greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams will determine the group winner.

"We hereby declare a dispute with CAF, in terms of article 14.7 of CAF statues, regarding the provisions of the regulations due to their inconsistency with the Regulations of FIFA competitions and their effect of promoting unfair competition, amongst other things.

"We are of the opinion that this particular rule should be thrown out because it defeats the traditional way of determining a log standing," said SAFA CEO, Robin Petersen.

There is a legal precedent in South Africa were an appeal body rescinded unfair competition rules after the fact.

SAFA admitted to knowing that they were well aware of rule 14.1 ahead of Saturday's clash with Sierra Leone, but their interpretation of the rule differed from that of CAF. They interpreted "between" to mean between South Africa and each of the teams tied on points with them.

Based on that, it was the technical team's thinking that Bafana Bafana only needed a draw to qualify; so they played for a draw in the closing stages of the match.

On a previous occasion when three teams were left on equal number of points, both interpretations yielded the same outcome and therefore there was no complaints.

This is the first time that three teams ended up with the same number of points and the two interpretations lead to a different ranking and it is the first time the rule is identified as unfair because in this instance, the team that performed the best got eliminated.

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Comments
  • Andile - 2011-10-11 00:03

    yah this thing is confusing. because it is south africa that why they eliminated bafana. we hope CAF will review its decision.

  • Shadango7 - 2011-10-11 01:49

    the whole thing is just embarrassing...i mean, really? REALLY??!?!?

  • Vroteier9 - 2011-10-11 02:29

    Its their own fault, we had the better team yet they wasted time & played for a draw instead of a win.

  • Canibus - 2011-10-11 07:22

    AHAHAHA. "Suffer" management didn't know the rules. Clive Barker knew about the rules back in 1996. If a coach trains with players for 2weeks... doesn't he cover all the scenarios? This includes reading up on the "What if's". It shows that our coach is just 'wingin' it. The "Suffer" leadership has let the country down. That Pitso "Jungle Oats" guy must follow Natalino Santana and leave.

  • BJ - 2011-10-11 09:09

    What a pathetic bunch of losers.

      BJ - 2011-10-11 09:41

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL8uIgRZ_yM

  • ty_47 - 2011-10-11 10:08

    We can't beat a team ranked 68 at home to ensure qualification and rely on other matches to help us qualify?! Pathetic and we deserve to go out and now we are smearing the egg already all over our faces! USELESS. So much money so little leadership!

  • amangezi - 2011-10-11 10:19

    PITSO MUST SIT A FIFA RULES EXAMINATION; IF HE PASSES THEN HE CAN PROCEED. THIS IS BECAUSE HE HAS HELPED MAINTAIN CONTINUITY FROM PAREIRA AND ONE OR TWO NOTICIABLE IMPROVEMENTS. HOWEVER, IGNORANCE OF RULES MAKES HIM A LEMON. LETS TEST HIS CREDENTIALS!

  • Sheldon - 2011-10-11 10:51

    Only a team that shouldn't win plays for a draw... thought that whole point of playing a game is to win! If you play to tie, rather don't play at all!

  • EM - 2011-10-11 11:25

    I think SAFA is trying to embarass themselves further. We fail to qualify that is it

  • Nikki - 2011-10-11 15:58

    ...just saw the "celebratory" video of the team dancing all around the stadium...OMG -EPIC FAIL!! Idiots!

  • davidintheusa - 2012-01-14 20:53

    playing for a draw...?

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