FIFA backs Tahiti’s right to play at Confed Cup

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FIFA backs Tahiti’s right to play at Confed Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO ? World football’s governing body has defended Tahiti’s right to play at the Confederations Cup despite the Pacific Islanders scoring just once and conceding 24 goals in three losses.

The 138th-ranked Tahiti is one of the eight teams at the FIFA tournament in Brazil after winning the Oceania Nations Cup final. Finalist New Caledonia surprisingly beat regional power New Zealand earlier in a competition without Australia.

But at the 2014 World Cup warm-up event, Tahiti, with just one professional player, lost 6-1 against Nigeria, 10-0 against Spain and 8-0 against Uruguay.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said, “It would go against all principles if one confederation is not as strong as the other confederations, they will not have access to our competitions.” AP
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