FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against New Zealand Football (NZF) for having allegedly fielded an ineligible player in the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ between Solomon Islands and New Zealand played on 26 March 2013.
The disciplinary proceedings relate to article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and article 8 of the Regulations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
NZF has been invited to provide its position to FIFA, together with any documentary evidence it might deem appropriate.
New Zealand finished top in Round Three of the FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers for the Oceanian Zone, six points clear of New Caledonia in second place.
As such, New Zealand will proceed to the inter-continental home-and-away play-off against the fourth placed team from North, Central America and the Caribbean regardless of the result of the disciplinary proceedings.
FIFA will communicate any updates on the proceedings in due course.