The FIFA ruling prevents players who withdraw from international duty from playing for the next five days
Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty is not available for this weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash against Hamilton after the Irish FA blocked him from playing.
Lafferty was expected to be fit for Sunday’s fixture, despite his withdrawal from the Northern Ireland squad earlier this month with an alleged Achilles injury.
The 31-year-old ‘ruled himself out’ of the matches against Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, and the Irish FA have responded by invoking a FIFA ruling that means he cannot play this weekend.
The IFA have written to Rangers to inform them Lafferty cannot feature in a match for the five days after the end of the international break on the basis on FIFA’s five-day rule.
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An IFA statement read: “As the player did not comply with the call up, the player is in breach and as a result, the Association is invoking the FIFA regulation (FIFA Regulations for the status and transfer of players, Annexe 1, Section 5).”
Lafferty returned to Rangers after six years away over the summer, leaving Hearts to link up with Steven Gerrard’s side.
He’s scored five goals in 16 appearances to date, with the Gers currently five points off top spot in the Premiership.