barbadosFor those following the road to FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, then you should know that Barbados has been booted out of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers. They have paid the penalty for playing an ineligible player in the return leg of their second round qualifier against Aruba at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex on June 14th. Winger Hadan Holligan had two previous yellow cards and should have missed the match. Ironically, Holligan scored the only goal of the game and gave the home team a 3-0 aggregate after they had won the first leg 2-0 in Aruba on June 10th.

A release on FIFA’s website declared that Barbados had forfeited the game and awarded a 3-0 victory to Aruba as well, giving the Dutchmen the upper hand to reach the next round.

Barbados was also fined $6,000 Swiss Francs or $12,947.57 Barbadian dollars an equivalent of $13,044.68 Belize dollars for the costly error. A great price to pay for having breached Article 55 Paragraph 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) and Article 8 of the regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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