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Florent Malouda loses appeal against Gold Cup ineligibility

Florent Malouda, right, played for French Guiana at the Gold Cup.
Florent Malouda played in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges dismissed Malouda's appeal against CONCACAF, the sport's North American governing body.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players...

 By Arch Bell

French Guiana coach 'perturbed' with delay over Florent Malouda ban

Florent Malouda was suspended for French Guiana's 3-0 Gold Cup loss to Costa Rica.

FRISCO, Texas - French Guiana head coach Jaïr Karam says that he and his team were left feeling "perturbed" by CONCACAF's delay in issuing a suspension for midfielder Florent Malouda.

The former Chelsea star had appeared in French Guiana's 0-0 Gold Cup draw versus Honduras on Tuesday and had hoped to be back on the field for their Group A finale on Friday against Costa Rica.

However, late Thursday night CONCACAF ruled that Tuesday's match would result in a 3-0 forfeit victory for Honduras,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

French Guiana forfeit Honduras match for playing Florent Malouda

French Guiana must forfeit a Gold Cup match after starting the ineligible Florent Malouda in Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Honduras, CONCACAF ruled.

Former Chelsea winger Malouda, 37, started the group-stage match in Houston despite previously playing 80 times for France in a violation of FIFA rules, which are being observed for the tournament by the regional governing body.

CONCACAF's disciplinary committee also fined French Guiana and banned Malouda for the remainder of the tournament.

"The French...

 By Arch Bell

Florent Malouda honoured to play for French Guiana despite eligibility issue

HOUSTON -- Former Chelsea and France midfielder Florent Malouda has told ESPN FC that it was "very emotional" to take to the field for French Guiana in Tuesday's 0-0 Gold Cup draw against Honduras in Houston.

Malouda, who earned 80 caps for France and played in the 2006 World Cup final, started as captain and went the distance against the Catrachos, despite having being ruled ineligible for the match.

Honduras are likely to earn a 3-0 victory via a forfeit following the controversy, but Malouda...