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Solomon Islands player eligibility appeal upheld

The OFC Appeal Committee met on 3 May 2019 to hear the Solomon Islands Football Federation appeal of the OFC Disciplinary decision concerning Chris Satu’s eligibility to play in the U-16 OFC Championship 2018 for the Solomon Islands Football Federation team.

Chris Satu played in U-16 OFC Championship 2018 that was held at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara from 9-22 September 2018.

In February 2019, the OFC Disciplinary Committee found U-16 player Chris Satu to have been born prior to 1 January 2002, on an underdetermined date.

Mr Satu was found in breach of Article 59 (Forgery and Falsification) and Article 73  (Ineligibility) the OFC Disciplinary Code. 

The OFC Disciplinary Committee also found the Solomon Islands Football Federation to have breached  the OFC U-16 Championship 2018 Regulations.  

SIFF has exercised its right to appeal the decision of the OFC Disciplinary Committee, and at today’s meeting the Appeal Committee upheld the appeal on the grounds that Chris Satu had a passport issued by the Solomon Islands government, which showed a birthdate within the U16 OFC Championship 2018 competition regulations. 

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