Solomons thrown out of U-17 World Cup for over-age player

The Solomons finished second to New Zealand in the tournament which qualified it for the under-17 World Cup to be hosted by Peru in October.

A decision will be made soon on who will replace the Solomons at the World Cup.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The Solomon Islands has been thrown out of this year's Fifa under-17 World Cup for fielding an over-age player during qualifying.

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said in a statement on Sunday that the Solomons breached regulations by fielding a player in the regional under-16 tournament last year who was born before the qualifying date of January 1, 2002.

The Solomons finished second to New Zealand in the tournament which qualified it for the under-17 World Cup to be hosted by Peru in October.

However, the OFC disciplinary committee found the Solomon Islands had committed a “deliberate and serious breach” of the regulations which has “resulted in the forfeiting of the team's place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019.”

A decision will be made soon on who will replace the Solomons at the World Cup with the leading contender expected to be Tahiti who beat Fiji in the play-off for third in the regional qualifier.