U-17 World Cup Filled With Men, Says UAE Coach

U-17 team 1Coach of the host team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013, Rached Albedwawi has made the astonishing claim that almost three-quarters of the players at the tournament are over-age.
Albedwawi spoke out at a post-match press conference after his Emirati team were thrashed 6-1 by Brazil.
After only two games in Group A, the UAE cannot qualify for the knockout stage even though they have one game remaining. They lost their opening match 2-1 to Honduras. By contrast, Brazil are sure of progressing.
Albedwawi said: “I am sure that 70 percent of the players participating in this World Cup haven’t the appropriate age. They are over-age and it appears from their size and the way they play.”
He added: “I’m not accusing specific players but l can say that there are some players who haven’t the right to play here.”
Albedwawi also gave notice of further embarrassment ahead when he said: “I want to inform you that we will; the team staff and the UAE federation, send a complaint to FIFA about this point. And we will request them to check again the players’ ages.”
He concluded: “We are able to finance this initiative and also we will send the names of the players in who we doubt.”
The perennial issue of players’ ages erupted in August when Nigeria dropped 11 of a pre-selected squad of 30 players after qualifying for the UAE by winning the African Under-17 title. They had all failed magnetic resonance imaging scans.
MRI checks are carried out on a random selection of age group championship players by FIFA because the system is considered to have a 99 percent success rate in assessing a young person’s precise age through the growth evident within the wrist bones.

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