FIFA rejects Burkina Faso protest against Algeria

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FIFA says it dismissed Burkina Faso's protest that World Cup playoff opponent Algeria's decisive goal-scorer was ineligible last week.

Burkina Faso sought to replace Algeria in the 32-team World Cup draw in Brazil next week.

Algeria advanced on away goals after the teams were 3-3 on aggregate, by captain Madjid Bougherra's goal in a 1-0 second-leg victory in Blida.

The Burkinabe Football Federation claimed former Rangers defender Bougherra received a yellow card in the first leg and should have been suspended for the return.

FIFA says "no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed by the Algerian FA."

FIFA also says the "formal conditions to lodge a protest were not met."

World Cup regulations require eligibility protests in qualifying are filed within one hour of matches finishing.

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