Incident Moraes: Shevchenko and his team faces a 0:6 in matches against Portugal and LuxembourgPhoto: UA-Football

Instead of five years of continuous life on the territory of our country, naturalized Brazilian for four months he was in China

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The game is a naturalized Brazilian Junior Moraes for the national team of Ukraine in the opening two matches of the qualifying round of the European championship 2020 in Portugal (0:0) and Luxembourg (2:1) quite likely was illegal.

Portuguese publication MaisFutebol appealed to the relevant judge in the Sports arbitration court (CAS) in Lausanne, the Nogueira da Rocha, who confirmed that in the case of Moraes may be a violation of article 7 of the FIFA statutes, which reads the following:

“A player who obtains a new nationality, may submit the national team only if he was born in the territory of the Federation, if the biological parents were born in the territory of the Federation, if the grandparents were born on the territory of the country or he has lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the country of the relevant Federation”.

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Junior Moraes continuously lived in Ukraine for five years and a maximum of four years and eight months. In February 2017, he went on to conquer China – it was rented by the “Tianjin Coinstar”. Really there is not zaigraev, he’s four months later returned to Ukraine.

Thus, the probability of a violation of article 7 of the FIFA statutes large.

The situation should clarify as FIFA, whose regulations could be violated and UEFA as the organizer of Euro 2020.

In the worst case the national team Andriy Shevchenko could be fined up to the award of two technical defeats (each 0:3).

As previously reported by the Focus:

  • Striker Shakhtar Donetsk Junior Moraes officially became Ukrainian. The corresponding decree was signed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
  • In the fall of 2017, the player of Shakhtar Donetsk, the Brazilian Marlos received Ukrainian citizenship and has already played 11 matches for the national team.
  • 28-year-old Brazilian defender Donetsk “Shakhtar” ismaily can be naturalized to play for the national team of Ukraine.