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FIFA Rules Everton's Fellaini OK to Play

Everton has been assured that attacker Marouane Fellaini will be available to play against Wolves this weekend despite an attempted appeal to FIFA from the Belgian soccer federation. Belgian authorities tried to invoke FIFA's 'five-day' rule because Fellaini missed Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Estonia due to a tooth operation. The rule allows FIFA to ban a player from playing for his club for up to five days after an international game "in the event that the player, for whatsoever reason, did not wish to or was unable to comply with the call-up''.

Everton, however, claims that it gave the Belgian soccer federation ample notice of Fellaini's operation. And FIFA has agreed. "The Belgian FA did lodge an appeal with FIFA asking them to implement the five-day ruling,'' Everton's head of PR Ian Ross told the club's official website. "However, FIFA have contacted the club this morning to say that we have no case to answer and that we did comply fully with all necessary legislation."

 

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