FIFA has dismissed Burkina Faso's protest that opponents Algeria fielded an ineligible player in the World Cup playoff game. Burkina Faso sought to replace Algeria in the 32 – team World Cup draw in Brazil next week.
Algeria advanced on away goals after the teams were tied at 3 – 3. Algeria captain Majid Bougherra scored in a 1 – 0 second leg victory in Blida, Algeria.
Soccer's governing body FIFA says, ''no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed by Algerian officials''.
"With regards to the protest lodged by Burkina Faso in relation to the eligibility of Algerian player Bougherra, FIFA communicated to the Burkina Faso Football Federation that the formal conditions to lodge a protest were not met''.
''World Cup regulations require eligibility protests during qualifying to be filed within one hour after matches''.
Algeria and four other countries Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon will represent the continent at the World Cup in Brazil next year.