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Malouda to start for French Guiana despite being ruled ineligible

Goal.com logo Goal.com 12-07-2017

FIFA ruled Florent Malouda to be ineligible for the Gold Cup. On Tuesday night, French Guiana will start him anyway.

After not playing in the team's first match against Canada, the former France international was included in French Guiana's lineup for its second match of the tournament against Honduras in Houston.

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Malouda, 37, was capped for France nearly 80 times and played in two World Cups. Despite being born in French Guiana, FIFA ruled him ineligible for the Gold Cup because of its rules against representing more than one country in official competitions.

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French Guiana, which has been an associate member of CONCACAF since 1991 and a full member since 2013, is taking part in the continental championship for the first time and included the former Chelsea winger in its final 23-man squad.

French Guiana is classified as an overseas region and department of France, and therefore is not a FIFA member and is ineligible to qualify for the World Cup.

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