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EXCLUSIVE | Egypt FA go to CAS over FIFA ‘special ranking’
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) are set to file a complaint to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the wake of the irregularities surrounding an exceptional “special” FIFA ranking that pushed Egypt out of a top seed (Pot 1) in 2018 World Cup qualifying.
The irregularities of the “special” ranking; including timing, format, ambiguity, and dissemination, have prompted the EFA to take legal action in hopes of restoring it’s fifth-placed standing in Africa, which it holds in the regular June FIFA World Ranking and is projected to hold onto through next month.
The drop meant Tunisia had taken Egypt’s place in Pot 1 and now Egypt, Pot 2, will have to face one of Africa’s powerhouses including Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal or Tunisia as they aim to qualify to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
The EFA had been informed of the a June ‘special ranking’ which involved the fifth round of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers being included earlier in April, despite it violating Page 5 of FIFA’s “2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition Format & Procedures – African Zone,” which states, “the draw date, location and procedure for Round Three will be confirmed by the end of Round Two by the Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.”
The EFA are set to request an appeal into the matter, in hopes of either forcing FIFA to disclose the circumstances behind the irregularities or forcing it to revert to its regular ranking, which it typically uses to seed teams for World Cup qualifying and which would see Egypt in Pot 1.