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Premiership football side Everton to lose Steven Pienaar

by Jay Harrington on Monday, January 7th, 2008

Premiership football side Everton will be forced under FIFA rules to release Steven Pienaar for African Nations Cup duty. The club, who are rated at 9/2 to win the Carling Cup, are attempting to retain him for their Carling Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea.

The Merseyside club were hoping that FIFA's 14-day ruling would allow them to play Pienaar. That´s because South Africa's first match doesnt go ahead until January 23.

However a FIFA spokesperson confirmed that the rule applies to the start date of the tournament – January 20.

The FIFA spokeperson commented: "It is very clear that the regulations refer to the opening match of the tournament. Clubs must release players 14 days before the opening of the competition, not the first match of the team concerned."

Premiership football side Everton to lose Steven Pienaar  Everton thought Pienaar would team up with South Africa's squad after Saturday's FA Cup home defeat by Oldham. However, on Monday Pienaar was still in Liverpool with boss David Moyes determined to select him for the semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.

A prickly Moyes commented: "We have looked carefully at the rule and it is not clear whether the 14 days applies to the first match for South Africa or the opening date of the competition.

"We believe that 14 days should apply to South Africa's first match. I have spoken to the South Africa manager [Carlos Alberto Parreira] and they are clearly not pleased.

"But we have invoked the 14-day rule and intend to use Pienaar against Chelsea. That to my mind means that he can then join up with South Africa within the 14 days."

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