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FIFPro urges FIFA to probe Club World Cup game

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 17, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.



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HOOFDDORP, Netherlands (AP) — The international players' union has called on FIFA to investigate why a Club World Cup match was played on a potentially dangerous rain-soaked field in Morocco.

FIFPro says letting the Cruz Azul-Western Sydney Wanderers quarterfinal match continue in Rabat on Saturday "posed a serious threat to the health and safety of all players."

The Mexican club won 3-1 in extra time with players splashing through large puddles.

FIFPro official Tijs Tummers said "players as workers have a right to a safe work environment," adding FIFA must ensure "effective rules are in place to prevent a repetition."

Referee Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast allowed the match to proceed, and Cruz Azul won.

In a statement in reply to questions from The Associated Press, FIFA said Wednesday: "The referee decided that the pitch is playable and therefore the match went on."

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