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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: UEFA dismisses protests from Portugal camp over Brazil-born striker Junior Moraes playing for Ukraine

Nyon: UEFA has dismissed protests by defending champion Portugal and Luxembourg about Ukraine fielding Brazil-born forward Junior Moraes in European Championship qualifying games.

 Euro 2020 Qualifiers: UEFA dismisses protests from Portugal camp over Brazil-born striker Junior Moraes playing for Ukraine

File image of Junior Moraes. Reuters

UEFA says its disciplinary panel rejected cases from both national federations who played Ukraine in Euro 2020 qualifiers in March.

Ukraine lead the qualifying group after drawing at Portugal 0-0 and winning at Luxembourg 2-1.

Ukraine risked losing all four points and forfeiting both games as 3-0 losses if the 32-year-old Moraes was judged ineligible.

Moraes was this year granted citizenship of Ukraine, where he has played for most of the past seven seasons, currently for Shakhtar Donetsk.

FIFA rules allow players to acquire a nationality if they live continuously in the country for five years. Moraes spent several months playing on loan in China.

 

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Updated Date: May 03, 2019 18:28:16 IST