FIFA have rejected Burkina Faso’s claim over the alleged ineligibility of Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra.
Bougherra scored the goal that saw Algeria edge past Burkina Faso on away goals in last month's decisive World Cup qualifiers, yet it was claimed that the defender should have been suspended in the first place.
It was claimed that Bougherra had picked up a caution during a group fixture against Mali and another yellow card during the first leg of their World Cup playoff, thus ruling him out of the return leg in Algeria. However, no evidence was found to support this.
There were also complaints that that the referee in charge of the second leg, Badara Diatta, ended the match before the four minutes of injury time were played out, denying Burkina Faso the chance to score a last-gasp leveller.
"With regards to the protest lodged by Burkina Faso in relation to the eligibility of Algerian player Bougherra, Fifa communicated to the Burkina Faso Football Federation that the formal conditions to lodge a protest were not met," a FIFA spokesperson was quoted by BBC Sport.
"Irrespective of the foregoing, Fifa also communicated that no breach of the Fifa regulations has been committed by the Algerian FA in relation to the matter at hand."
However, the spokesperson was keen to stress that this does not mark the end of their investigations into the controversial matter.
"Aside from this matter, please note we are still in the process of analysing the different match officials' reports and gathering information," he added.
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