Peru could be kicked out of the World Cup

Peru could be kicked out of the World Cup

The South American nation booked their spot at next summer's finals with a play-off victory over New Zealand earlier this month, but government interference with the country's football association has now given some reason to believe that they may not be taking part in the tournament after all.

Peru's spot at the FIFA World Cup is in danger following reports the Peruvian government plans to take control of its football association. However there is a slim chance the likes of New Zealand, Italy or Chile could replace Peru at the tournament.

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As reported by Libero, Congresswoman Paloma Noceda wants the Institute of Sport to control the football association.

Peru were pretty happy when they scored against the All Whites in World Cup qualifying.

FIFA takes a notoriously uncompromising stance on government involvement in football, banning Kenya from global play in 2006 after its government dissolved the Kenya Football Federation - with FIFA presidential delegate Jerome Champagne calling it a violation of FIFA statutes on "the independence of the election and appointment of national football governing bodies".

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"If any association withdraws or is excluded from the competition, the FIFA Organising Committee shall decide on the matter at its sole discretion and take whatever action is deemed necessary", read the Fifa regulations.

A Fifa spokesperson told BBC Sport: "Fifa sent a letter to the Peruvian FA on 23 November 2017, informing them that the current draft of the Peruvian Sports Law, which was presented to the respective committee of the Peruvian congress on 2 October 2017, includes certain items that, if implemented, would contravene the Fifa Statutes".

If Fifa went on rankings then Chile would get the nod, now ranked 10th in the latest World rankings.

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"If this could affect Peru, it will be debated and removed".