NZ Football adamant no rules broken - to appeal ineligible player disqualification Mon, Jul 13 share Will Hine ONE News Reporter please log in to view this image New Zealand Football have confirmed they will lodge a formal appeal with Oceania Football over accusations they fielded an ineligible player in their Olympic qualifying tournament in Papua New Guinea. 'No excuse' for Oly Whites dumping, says football commentator please log in to view this image Miles Davis reacts to the Oly Whites being ruled out of next year's Olympics for fielding ineligible player Deklan Wynne. Source: Breakfast New Zealand were forced to forfeit their finals spot and a chance to secure a spot at next year's Rio Olympics, after Vanuatu protested that they had fielded an ineligible player in South African-born Deklan Wynne, after New Zealand had beaten them 2-0 in the semi-finals. Vanuatu was defeated by Fiji in a penalty shoot-out in the final yesterday. New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin said having taken advice from Oceania Football Confederation on the rules for the competition and having received confirmation of eligibility of the squad from the Pacific Games Council in advance of the tournament, they would take up their right of appeal. "New Zealand Football has acted in good faith at all times and we would have expected any issues on player eligibility to have been raised in advance, through the process we were given, so that they could have been dealt with properly in a timely fashion," Martin said. The chief executive of the Fiji Football Association, Bob Kumar, says the Pacific Island team had no reason to suspect New Zealand's team had an ineligible player and were surprised when the matter was raised by Vanuatu. He says Fiji will watch from the sidelines if New Zealand challenges its disqualification "That's for New Zealand to sort it out with the Oceania Football Confederation. We are not involved with that so will not be worried about it at this stage."