22 May 2019

Sport: OFC lodge final appeal in Solomons eligibility case

4:05 pm on 22 May 2019

The Oceania Football Confederation has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the eligibility of Solomon Islands footballer Chris Satu.

Satu played for the Solomon Islands during the OFC Under 16 Championship which was held in Honiara in September 2018.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland Photo: AFP

In February, the OFC Disciplinary Committee found Satu was born prior to 2002 and his participation was in breach of the OFC Disciplinary Code.

The committee also found the Solomon Islands Football Federation breached the championship regulations.

The country forfeited all five games Satu had appeared in at the tournament, meaning the Solomons lost their World Cup qualifying berth.

The SIFF president said at the time that Satu had lied to them after being found to have two different passports.

A SIFF appeal was upheld this month, paving the way for the Solomons to take part in the under-17 men's football world cup beginning in September.

The latest move has been made to the final appeal body available, with the OFC requesting an urgent hearing into the matter.

Chris Satu

Chris Satu Photo: SIFF Media

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