Venezuela’s Results Page from FIFA.com
It has recently emerged that the 2-2 result in the international friendly played at Yokohama Stadium on 9 September 2014 between Japan and Venezuela has been overturned by FIFA, with the home side instead being awarded a 3-0 victory.
While no official public statement has been made by either FIFA or the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol (FVF) and no reference to the reversal appearing in the Venezuelan media, the forfeiture of the game is noted on the official website of football’s global governing body.
It is presumed that the justification behind the decision is due to the fielding of Salomón Rondón in this match, despite the striker having been red-carded in the previous game against South Korea. Indeed, the Zenit St. Petersburg player was sent off seemingly for comments made towards a match official while sitting on the substitutes bench in the last five minutes of the encounter and yet went on to play in the subsequent game against Japan four days later.
According to FIFA’s Disciplinary Code (Page 32, Article 55), a team fielding an ineligible player must not only forfeit the game but also pay a fine, which for a friendly would cost the FVF a minimum of 4000 Swiss Francs (CHF) – approximately 26,000 Venezuelan Bolívares Fuertes (VEF). Due to the lack of information provided on this matter, it is currently unknown whether this fine has been collected and if it has, whether this had any impact on the national side having to cancel a total of four proposed friendly games in October and instead hosting training sessions in Madrid with largely overseas-based players.
Nevertheless, though this matter has only come to public attention in the last few hours, the FVF are doubtless aware of it as they have now complied with the rules regarding suspensions by not calling up Rondón for international duty this month, thus ruling him out of the friendlies against Chile and Bolivia.