New Zealand awarded 3-0 default win after PNG’s failure to play Olympic qualifier

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FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee have ruled that Papua New Guinea forfeited their group game against New Zealand at the OFC Olympic qualifier tournament in Auckland.

As a result, New Zealand are considered to have won the match 3-0.

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Oceania Football Confederation issued a statement on Wednesday August 30, ahead of New Zealand’s second group match, to be played against Fiji at Go Media Mt Smart Stadium, at 3pm.

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OFC statement

“On 29 August 2023 the FIFA Disciplinary Committee issued a decision regarding the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifier 2023 tournament currently underway in New Zealand.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has held that the Papua New Guinea Football Association is responsible for the unplayed match between the representative teams of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, which was scheduled to take place on 27 August 2023. On that basis, the Committee has declared the match lost by forfeit 3-0 by Papua New Guinea.

“For clarity purposes, the representative team of Papua New Guinea will continue in the competition, and the remaining matches will be played as originally scheduled.”

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