Solomon Islands national U-16 team qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru has hit a major setback after the OFC Disciplinary Committee found that a member of the team, Chris Satu had breached the OFC Disciplinary Code and the OFC U-16 Championship regulations.
OFC Disciplinary started an investigation after an official complaint was filed during the OFC U-16 Championship in Honiara.
The OFC Disciplinary Committee has considered the matter of Chris Satu.
Please find attached their full decision.
Here is summary of their findings, which are included in the full decision:
We find that Mr Satu was born prior to 1 January 2002.
We find Chris Satu to be in breach of Article 73 of the OFC Disciplinary Code as he took part as a player in an official match despite being ineligible because he was born before 1 January 2002.
The Solomon Islands U-16 team will forfeit the following matches in the OFC 2018 U16 Championship:
- 9 September 2018 PNG v SOL
- 12 September 2018 SOL-NZL
- 15 September 2018 SOL-VAN
- 19 September 2018 SOL-FIJ
- 22 September 2018 SOL-NZL
and are fined NZ $500 under Article 73 of the OFC Disciplinary Code.
We find Chris Satu to be in breach of Article 59 (1) of the OFC Disciplinary Code as used a false document, a birth certificate, to obtain a passport (number 112932) with a false birthdate, to enter the U16 OFC Championship 2018.
Chris Satu is suspended for six matches under Article 59 of the OFC Disciplinary Code
We hold SIFF to be in breach of Article 34(2) of the OFC U-16 Championship 2018 Regulations.
Meanwhile, William Lai has called an urgent executive meeting this morning to discuss the matter.
SIFF has 15 days from the communication of the OFC DC decision to appeal.
The SIFF exco has decided to appeal against the OFC DC decision and will further investigate how the player got two passports which is the core subject of the case.
Meanwhile the OFC Executive Committee will meet to confirm which nation will replace Solomon Islands at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.