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There are age cheats at Under 20 World Cup, says FA president Al Rumaithi

Mohammed Khalfan al Rumaithi claims that some of the teams at Under 20 World Cup in Egypt have selected over-age players.

Mohammed Khalfan al Rumaithi, the president of the Football Association, claims that some of the teams at Under 20 World Cup in Egypt have selected over-age players. Fifa has announced plans to conduct random bone tests at the Under 17 World Cup in Nigeria following news that the host nation had withdrawn 15 over-aged players from their squad following age tests, but there are no similar measures in place in Egypt. "There have been talks that some African and Latin American teams have included players over aged 23," said al Rumaithi. "This is really unfortunate and could put the future of age-group tournaments in jeopardy. So Fifa need to act quickly to save the situation. "If Fifa are serious about their policy of reducing fraud, they must apply stringent laboratory tests at all age-group tournaments. I believe there are many players above 22 in this competition and that is really unfair on teams who are playing by the rules. Such teams are really the losers in this situation. "I don't understand why civilised nations allow such age tampering. In any case, winning through cheating is of no real value."

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