Cape Town - South Africa's friendly win over Spain last week will be considered a
full international despite the world and European champions fielding
more than the permitted number of substitutes, soccer's governing body
FIFA said on Thursday.
"FIFA can confirm that the South
Africa-Spain friendly match ... remains an 'A' international, despite
the fact that Spain allegedly used more than the maximum of six
substitutes that the laws of the game stipulate can be used for such a
match," said FIFA in a statement.
"FIFA have taken into account
that both teams had agreed on the conditions of the match and submitted
the necessary documentation prior to the match in order for FIFA to
confirm it as an 'A' international.
"In this context, South Africa
shall not suffer any negative consequences on its part for adhering to
the agreed conditions and only using up to a maximum of six substitutes
during the match."
The match would also be included in the November edition of the World Ranking, the statement said.
the alleged incident of Spain using more than the maximum of six
substitutes, FIFA is currently analysing the information at our disposal
to assess possible next steps," it added.
second-half goal gave South Africa, who have missed out on next's World
Cup, a 1-0 win at a half-empty Soccer City in Johannesburg.
officials allowed Pepe Reina to come on for injured goalkeeper Victor
Valdes after Spain had already made their six permitted changes, much to
the chagrin of South Africa coach Gordon Igesund whose protests were