Published: Sun, November 26, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Italy dream of incredible World Cup lifeline as Peru face the boot

Italy dream of incredible World Cup lifeline as Peru face the boot

With Fifa making it clear that it is against state involvement in football, the report suggests that the Peruvian team could be excluded from the World Cup as a result.

However, should Peru lose their spot, the door could be opened for the All Whites to replace them.

Peruvian congresswoman Paloma Noceda has proposed new legislation which would place Peru's football association under control of the nation's institute of sport.

Latching on to this, Tuttosport has suggested that Italy's record in past tournaments make them the most likely candidate to step in for Peru, should Federation Internationale de Football Association decide to expel them.

Fifa laws state that should a nation withdraw or be excluded from a competition, the Fifa organising committee can use "sole discretion" to "decide to replace the association in question with another association".

Sindhu in last eight
It would not be an easy target for the Indian shuttler to defeat former world no. 1 Intanon who enjoys an upper hand over Sindhu. Sindhu looked completely in control against her lower-ranked opponent and had no problems in winning the first game 21-14.

Peru were pretty happy when they scored against the All Whites in World Cup qualifying.

A Fifa spokesperson told BBC Sport: "Fifa sent a letter to the Peruvian FA on 23 November 2017, informing them that the current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law, which was presented to the respective committee of the Peruvian congress on 2 October 2017, includes certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the Fifa Statutes".

"If this could affect Peru, it will be debated and removed".

South American champions Chile, who finished one point behind Peru in CONMEBOL qualifying, would have a very strong claim, as would New Zealand - Peru's final opponent in the two-legged intercontinental play-off.

While Italy have been touted as Peru's potential replacement, it is unlikely it will be a European country that would be called in to take Peru's spot, as no more than 13 European nations can enter a World Cup.

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