Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Watford striker Isaac Success are in danger of being banned by FIFA after reportedly faking injuries to avoid going on International duty with Nigeria.
FIFA rules state that if players refuse international call-ups without good cause they will face suspension from club matches.
The rule states:
“A player who has been called up by his association for one of its representative teams is, unless otherwise agreed by the relevant association, not entitled to play for the club… during the period for which he has been released or should have been released.
“This restriction on playing for the club shall, moreover, be prolonged by five days in the event that the player, for whatsoever reason, did not wish to or was unable to comply with the call-up”
Moses, 25, has only just been introduced to starting XI in recent weeks by new manager Antonio Conte, and looked to have done all he could to cement his position following a positive performance in his first Premier League start against Hull City.
However, all of this hard work may be unravelled after Complete Sports, via the Mirror, reported that the former Liverpool wide-man is set to miss his side’s league clash against Leicester City after he faked an injury to remain home during the international break, rather than represent Nigeria against Tanzania and Zambia.
Hornets striker Isaac Success, Moses’ compatriot, could also see himself banned domestically following a similar incident, and even posted a picture online of his leg in a protective casing to make it more believable.
According to 90min.com, a further report saw a source speak of the implications of the duo’s actions: “We know the two players had good games and there was no sign of injury on the duo during or after the game.
“It came as a surprise to hear later that Moses was injured and that he would not be available for the game, and Success finished his team’s game before claiming injury.
“Honestly, they won’t go unpunished if our investigation turns out as we are suspecting. In fact, we are considering writing a protest to FIFA if we find out that they connived with their respective clubs to feign injuries and stay away.”