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FIFPro urges FIFA to probe Club World Cup game

AP , Wednesday 17 Dec 2014
Cruz Azul's Hugo Pavone celebrates a goal during their soccer match against Western Sydney Wanderers at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
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The international players' union wants FIFA to investigate why a Club World Cup match was played on a potentially dangerous rain-soaked field in Morocco.

FIFPro says letting the Cruz Azul-Western Sydney Wanderers quarterfinal match continue in Rabat on Saturday ''posed a serious threat to the health and safety of all players.''

The Mexican club won 3-1 in extra time with players splashing through large puddles.

FIFPro official Tijs Tummers says ''players as workers have a right to a safe work environment,'' adding FIFA must ensure ''effective rules are in place to prevent a repetition.''

Referee Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast allowed the match to proceed, and Cruz Azul won.

FIFA then switched the semifinal match to Marrakech, citing ''difficult pitch conditions.''

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