Last Monday (13/6), Peru were knocked out by Australia in the playoffs for the World Cup in Qatar 2022, thus missing a big chance of qualifying for their second consecutive World Cup.
Now the Peruvians – according to the Lima-based newspaper El Popular – are considering the possibility of resorting to the FIFA rug, alleging that Ever Mabile, the player responsible for the final penalty kick, is not an Australian.
Mabil will be of Sudanese descent, having been born in a refugee camp. At the age of 11 and after a difficult childhood, he decided to move to Australia to pursue his goal of being a football player.
Peru could file a claim against Ecuador with FIFA in a similar action to Chile. According to multiple investigations, the attacker may not have completed five years of residency in Australia, and may have violated the rules of the international body.
But the Australian media, after learning of his opponent’s move to the playoffs, argue that since 2012 FIFA would have allowed Mabil to play for Australia, after a lengthy process lasting almost a year.
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