WCQ 2018: Barbados forfeits for using ineligible player

Barbados swept Aruba 2-0 and 1-0 in their 2018 World Cup qualifying series and moved into the 12-team third round of qualifying in Concacaf in September only to have FIFA declare the Bajan Tridents had forfeited for using an ineligible player in the second leg.

Hadan Holligan, who scored the only goal of the second leg at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, had two previous yellow cards and should have missed the match. The 18-year-old winger had received a yellow card in the second leg of the first round against the U.S. Virgin Islands and was also booked in the first leg against Aruba in Oranjestad.

The match was declared a 3-0 forfeit in favor of Aruba, which was good enough to send it through to the third round. FIFA will hold the draw for the third round on July 25 a its World Cup preliminary draw ceremonies in St. Petersburg.

Randy Harris, the president of the Barbados Football Association, offered to resign over the oversight, but his offer was rejected.
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