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Australia deny Uruguay request

21 October 2005 01:29

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (SW) – Uruguay have had their request for a change in match days rejected by The Football Federation of Australia.

The South Americans were hoping to bring the first leg of their World Cup qualifier forward by a day, in order to ensure an extra rest day for their players for the return leg in Sydney. Australian football officials have denied the request, with national boss Guus Hiddink believing that such a change would be of greater benefit to their South American opponents.

“Football Federation Australia (has) informed the Uruguay Football Association that it did not agree with their proposal to change the date of the first leg of the 2006 FIFA World Cup playoff between the two countries,” read an FFA statement.

The first leg will take place in Montevideo on November 12, with the return leg in Sydney on November 16.

It is a repeat of the playoff that took place in 2001, with Uruguay triumphing 3-1 on aggregate.

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