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New Zealand football opts not to proceed with appeal

November 13, 2015 4:21 pm

New Zealand Football will not take the Oceania Football Confederation’s decision to exclude its men’s soccer team from next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Despite legal advice recommending an appeal on a number of grounds on the specific case of the disqualification, they have taken the view not to proceed.

The New Zealand men’s under-23 side were disqualified just hours before the final of Oceania’s Olympic qualifying tournament in July for fielding an ineligible player.

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The OFC last month rejected an appeal against the decision to disqualify New Zealand for selecting South Africa-born defender Deklan Wynne.

The Vodafone Fiji under 23 side will represent Oceania at the Rio Olympics next year.

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