FIFA erase Belgium win from records
FIFA has wiped Belgium’s 5-1 win against Luxembourg from the record books because coach Marc Wilmots used too many substitutes in last week’s World Cup warm-up match.
Fifa has now demoted it from an official friendly to a practice match.
IFA rules allow a maximum of six substitutes in friendlies, and Wilmots used seven.
Forward Romelu Lukaku’s hat trick and Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj’s international debut in the May 26 match in Genk no longer count. Backup goalkeeper Sammy Bossut’s debut also is erased.
The result will not count toward the newly updated FIFA rankings. Belgium currently sit in 12th place.
Wilmots made five changes at halftime, a sixth in the 61st minute, and officially broke the rules in the 77th when defender Jan Vertonghen was replaced by Nicolas Lombaerts.
Manchester United teenager Januzaj is expected to make his debut – again – for Belgium against Tunisia in Brussels on Saturday, before heading to the World Cup