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Poland U-17 World Cup squad depleted after FIFA rule out replacing banished players



Poland’s preparations for the under 17 World Cup, which began on Friday in Indonesia, have been severely damaged after four players sent home from their training camp cannot be replaced.

On Monday, the Polish Football Association (PZPN) announced that four players were removed from the squad due to unsportsmanlike behaviour and violation of the regulations.

Poland had hoped to replace the four banished players but have been dealt a serious blow due to FIFA’s rules.

“As per Article 27.3 of the tournament regulations, a player listed on the final list may be replaced by a player from the provisional list only in the event of serious injury or illness up until 24 hours before the kick-off of their team’s first match,” FIFA told Reuters.

The squad now has just 14 outfield players for the tournament, where Poland begin with a game against Japan on Saturday, in a group also containing Argentina and Senegal.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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