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Bafana vs Spain downgraded to practice match?

Posted: 20 November 2013 Time: 08:57

Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 win over Spain in a friendly international on Tuesday could be downgraded to a practice match after the world champions made seven substitutions during the match.

MATCH REPORT: South Africa 1 Spain 0

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Bafana coach Gordon Igesund confirmed at the post-match press conference that the two teams agreed on a maximum number of six subs before the start of the match, which is in line with Fifa’s Laws of the Game.

READ: Igesund explains Spain altercation

Igesund said: “We were told in the meeting before the game started that the maximum was six changes. This is an international friendly match – I don't think the rules needed to be changed.”

Spain, however, made their seventh substitution in the 80th minute when Victor Valdes went down injured and he was replaced by Pepe Reina in goal.

According to Fifa’s Laws of the Game, in Category A matches – same as Bafana’s friendly against Spain – up to a maximum of six substitutes may be used.

In official competitions, up to a maximum of three substitutes may be used in any match played in an official competition organised under the auspices of Fifa, the confederations or the member associations.

In all other matches, a greater number of substitutes may be used provided that:
• The teams concerned reach an agreement on a maximum number.
• The referee is informed before the match.
• If the referee is not informed, or if no agreement is reached before the match, no more than six substitutes are allowed.

If Bafana’s match is downgraded to a practice match, Fifa’s ranking points may not be credited in favour of South Africa and the players who took part will not earn caps.

In the end, this match may have lost its grading – from a Fifa friendly to a practice match.

However, we are at this stage awaiting confirmation from Safa and Fifa.

Livefyre comments on this story...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-20 06:59:44

see now these so called world champs...they saw they were losing and did not want it to be recorded....

voetsek man they must never come here again

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-20 07:00:42

Tiyane maybe you should have reported on fact not while you waiting for confirmation

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-20 07:02:52

Just look at the picture, bousquest wanted to break legs of this boy

posted: 2013-11-20 07:07:26

spain did their seventh substitute intentional to downgrade that game because they were failing to get a goal...........then the so called FIFA must charge spain for breaking rules of the game and award us with our deserved points period.......................

posted: 2013-11-20 07:07:37

But why did SAFA officials allow that to happen?? thats plain stupid 

posted: 2013-11-20 07:07:43

Facts on the table please. Consult with FIFA and remove doubts on our minds. 

posted: 2013-11-20 07:08:56

now this what I would like to name bullshit Bafana outclassed Spain from the word go because we beat Spain now our players must not win caps yikunya ke lokho they messed up(spain) our boys played their hearts out to win this match they need to be accredited

posted: 2013-11-20 07:10:16

LoTiyani nje is within the crowed that does not believe what boys did.. Spain Supporter he must have left with them...

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-11-20 07:11:03

Haona taba.....Spain is practicing for the World Cup.....SA is practicing for Jackie CHAN

posted: 2013-11-20 07:12:46

The rankings wouldn't help much. We are number 68. Its not like we were gonna be in the top 30. We are not participating in any major tournament where seeding could be used. It was a practise match. Even friendly matches are still very much practise for us as we are trying to find a winning team.

posted: 2013-11-20 07:12:49

So can we get an example of downgraded match???

posted: 2013-11-20 07:12:59

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Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2013-11-20 07:14:52

lol ROTFOL those celebrations for nothing

BAFANA is CURSED like really now?

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2013-11-20 07:16:44

We don't care abt d boardroom fiasco or debacle and subsequent verdict...we wanted to beat them bephelele so tht they wudnt have excuses

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2013-11-20 07:17:05

good riddance to mediocre

posted: 2013-11-20 07:17:09


Good morning drunkard

posted: 2013-11-20 07:19:23

after struggling  against E Guinea, Spain did that substitution intentionally so that their ranking is not compromised, the were gonna go down on the Fifa ranking....Valdes was not that injured i guess....

the fact remains, whether we celebrate Mediocrity, or Spain did not put their mind to it, THE FACT REMAIN WE BEAT THE WORLD CURRENT CHAMPION.

i gues the problem is that no one was expecting that Bafana will win , now that we did they are feeling bad to lick their own wounds... let us just accept that your favourite Barca STARS were beaten by he minnows

posted: 2013-11-20 07:19:33

A lot of rats are eating a humble pie.

If its downgraded we dont care - it's just a technicality. In fact we should be more happy beating them even after they bent the rules to the advantage

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-20 07:20:27

That wouldnt be so good for South Africa 

posted: 2013-11-20 07:20:53


Mediocre is the silver star second star you drunkard

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