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Florent Malouda loses appeal against Gold Cup ineligibility

Florent Malouda, right, played for French Guiana at the Gold Cup.
Florent Malouda played in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said its judges dismissed Malouda's appeal against CONCACAF, the sport's North American governing body.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players...

 By Arch Bell

French Guiana coach 'perturbed' with delay over Florent Malouda ban

Florent Malouda was suspended for French Guiana's 3-0 Gold Cup loss to Costa Rica.

FRISCO, Texas - French Guiana head coach Jaïr Karam says that he and his team were left feeling "perturbed" by CONCACAF's delay in issuing a suspension for midfielder Florent Malouda.

The former Chelsea star had appeared in French Guiana's 0-0 Gold Cup draw versus Honduras on Tuesday and had hoped to be back on the field for their Group A finale on Friday against Costa Rica.

However, late Thursday night CONCACAF ruled that Tuesday's match would result in a 3-0 forfeit victory for Honduras,...

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Costa Rica makes quarterfinals after seeing off 10-man French Guiana

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Costa Rica secured a spot in the quarterfinals after easing past French Guiana with a 3-0 win in the teams' third Gold Cup match in Frisco, Texas on Friday.

French Guiana were without Florent Malouda, the former France international who was suspended for two matches after being fielded ineligibly in his team's second group match against Honduras.

Costa Rica wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Ariel Rodriguez found himself in the perfect spot in the third minute and swept home from close range...

No winners in CONCACAF's handling of Malouda, French Guiana situation

In the end, French Guiana took a risk and got burned by starting Malouda. But it reflects poorly on CONCACAF.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup has turned into the Theater of the Absurd.

Early Friday morning -- really early, as in 3 a.m. ET -- the confederation issued a news release stating that because French Guiana fielded an ineligible player in its 0-0 draw with Honduras, it would forfeit the match by a 3-0 score. CONCACAF also levied a fine against the French Guiana football association and suspended the player in question, Florent Malouda, for two games.

The farce of this situation lies in how CONCACAF and...

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French Guiana forfeit Honduras match for playing Florent Malouda

French Guiana must forfeit a Gold Cup match after starting the ineligible Florent Malouda in Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Honduras, CONCACAF ruled.

Former Chelsea winger Malouda, 37, started the group-stage match in Houston despite previously playing 80 times for France in a violation of FIFA rules, which are being observed for the tournament by the regional governing body.

CONCACAF's disciplinary committee also fined French Guiana and banned Malouda for the remainder of the tournament.

"The French...