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Oct 10, 2013

All Whites could face FIFA sanction

New Zealand face the threat of a FIFA sanction after Mexican club Queretaro reacted angrily to the All Whites cancelling a friendly between the two sides.

New Zealand celebrate after Chris Killen put them in front against New Caledonia
New Zealand could be sanctioned for cancelling a game against Mexican club Queretaro.

New Zealand and Queretaro were expected to meet in a six-team tournament in Los Angeles as the All Whites continue their preparation for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the fourth-best CONCACAF side.

However, due to visa problems, that competition was forced to be cancelled, leaving New Zealand light of competitive opposition.

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But despite exploring the option of playing Queretaro in Mexico, the All Whites decided to stay in the United States to play Chivas before taking on Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain on Oct. 16.

And Queretaro has hit-back at the missed opportunity to play against the Oceania champions, threatening to take their case to football’s governing body.

"After an agreement between the Queretaro board and the New Zealand national team to play an international match, the New Zealand federation withdrew unilaterally from the commitment after formally confirming they were taking part," Queretaro said in a statement.

"The board will take the necessary measures to make known our dissatisfaction before the pertinent judicial bodies and ask for a sports sanction through the International Football Federation (FIFA)."

New Zealand will play a two-legged play-off in November against the team finishing in fourth place in the CONCACAF qualifying phase.

Honduras are currently in third place with 11 points followed by Panama and Mexico, both with eight, with only two games remaining.

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