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Was Defoe Eligible to Play?-Burnley to Ask FL?

Was Defoe Eligible to Play?-Burnley to Ask FL?

Burnley, according to the Daily Mirror, will be writing to the Football League to clarify whether Jermain Defoe was eligible to play for Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final. Defoe was in the starting eleven for the second leg and indeed scored the second Spurs goal in that heartbreak last two minutes of extra time.

Defoe was paraded in front of the crowd before the start of the first leg at White Hart Lane having supposedly signed from Portsmouth.

He did not of course appear in that game as he had signed too late in the day.

However it would also appear that although he had signed a deal he had not been officially registered before the start of the first leg which Spurs ultimately won 4-1.

The Clarets are therefore seeking clarification as to whether the player was eligible to play in the second leg of the tie if he was not eligible in the first.

It is believed that the rules state that players must be signed before the 'tie' starts.

The 'tie' therefore presumably applies to both legs since they are part of the one final result with aggregate scores being taken into account.

This will form the basis of the Clarets case and they may have a point. The implications could be hugely significant if Defoe is found to be not eligible to play.

The heartbreak of Wednesday night last week when the Clarets after 90 minutes were leading 3-0 before Spurs scored two goals in the last two minutes of extra time is still being felt by all Clarets fans. The 6-4 aggregate win with Spurs booking a Carling Cup Final trip to Wembley still wrangles at the back of all Clarets fans' minds.

If the case is proven , could this mean it is the Clarets who will be going to Wembley? We are a long way from that at the moment but the law is the law and it will be interesting to see how this enquiry develops.

It would be rough justice on Spurs if their Wembley final is taken away from them but then it also seems rough justice at the moment for the Clarets.

It is only the Carling Cup that has this bizarre extra time ruling when aggregate scores are level after 90 minutes of the second leg. Surely if away goals count double, the Clarets won this match after 90 minutes and it is clear that the crazy rule of having to play 30 minutes of extra time hugely favours the team that is first out of the hat,playing the first leg at home.

In terms of the Carling Cup rules on this issue though,Spurs won fairly and squarely and the Clarets knew the rules, no matter how unfair they seemed.

However the Defoe situation is another matter and a potentially serious one that needs to be urgently clarified. I would not feel totally comfortable if we got to Wembley by the back door although I do think justice and fairness would be restored.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday January 26 2009
Time: 8:03AM


I bet they find a way of ruling in favour of the Premier League side, but what an interesting development
26/01/2009 08:06:00
Good luck with this admirable campaign! The whole of Portsmouth is with you
26/01/2009 08:18:00
Smacks of desperate!!!
26/01/2009 08:25:00
..and of course Spurs wouldn't have been desperate had we won and played a player that was not eligible?
26/01/2009 08:27:00
You have to submit your team to the FA before a game, therefore if Defoe wasnt allowed to play then the FA would of said something. also when we played the FA again would of said something after the game.
spurs Babe
26/01/2009 08:48:00
Clutching at straws comes to mind. Saying that u have never got to a league cup final so u will take whatever comes your way i suppose.
spurfect one
26/01/2009 08:55:00
..and of course Spurs wouldn't have been clutching at straws had we won and played a player that was not eligible? ;-)
26/01/2009 09:07:00
LOL turfman i agree.
spurfect one
26/01/2009 09:20:00
1) 4-1. You didn't deserve to go through. You benefitted from Spurs playing a weakened team in the second leg. They did this because of your 1st leg capitulation. 2) The second team out of the hat has the advantage from the extra 30mins, because it is played at the second team's ground. To make the rules fair, you would have to play 15mins at Burnley, 15mins at Tottenham. At the point at which you go into the hat, both teams are in the same position, which is why it is fair. To be drawn at home for the second leg is a distinct advantage - so stop whining and meditate on the 4-1 - which is why you are out!
26/01/2009 09:30:00
I'm pretty sure it would of been asked before hand,he wasn't ineligible to play the first leg whatsoever,he just didn't sign in time.He was totally eligible to play in the carling cup so sorry you haven't got a case I'm afraid.
26/01/2009 09:30:00
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