10 Oct 2013

Mexican club seeks sanction against All Whites

11:26 am on 10 October 2013

Mexican first division side Queretaro will seek a FIFA sanction against New Zealand for cancelling a friendly scheduled for Saturday in Mexico.

The game was billed as a New Zealand warm-up for a World Cup qualifying playoff against Mexico or another CONCACAF team in November.

In a statement, Queretaro says the New Zealand Federation withdrew unilaterally from the commitment after formally confirming they were taking part

It says it will make known its dissatisfaction before the pertinent judicial bodies and ask for a sports sanction through the International Football Federation.

The All Whites flew out to Los Angeles this week to prepare for World Cup qualification matches next month.

New Zealand qualified as Oceania winners for a two-legged playoff in November against the team finishing in fourth place in the final CONCACAF group next week.

After difficulty confirming its schedule, the All Whites yesterday announced they'd play a match against the Major League Soccer team Chivas USA this Sunday, then a friendly international against Trinidad and Tobago next week.

Earlier in the week, New Zealand Football high performance director Fred de Jong reportedly said the team had two options; play a game in Mexico against Queretaro FC, or stay in LA and look to play Chivas USA.

New Zealand Football's interim chief executive Mark Aspden could not be reached for comment.