21 Jul 2015

OFC releases written reasons for disqualification

9:31 am on 21 July 2015

The Oceania Football Confederation have released their written reasons for the decision to disqualify the Under-23 New Zealand men's team from the recent Olympic qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea.

Deklan Wynne

Deklan Wynne Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Following a protest from Vanuatu, New Zealand were expelled from the qualifying final after an OFC disciplinary committee ruled defender Deklan Wynne, who was born in South Africa, was ineligible.

The documents show Vanuatu Football also protested the selection of English-born Sam Burfoot in the New Zealand side, but the protest was dismissed as he never took the field.

New Zealand Football's chief executive Andy Martin says they'll review the OFC's reasons over the next few days and seek legal advice as to the most appropriate next steps.

The national football body has 15 days from Monday to submit a written appeal to the OFC.

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