Bahrain’s attempt to have their World Cup playoff defeat by Trinidad & Tobago overturned has been rejected by FIFA.

A late Bahrain ‘goal’ in the second leg was disallowed by Colombian referee Oscar Julian Ruiz Acosta for dangerous play. Bahrain lost the second leg 1-0 and 2-1 on aggregate, giving Trinidad a place in the finals for the first time.

FIFA ruled out their appeal, claiming it had not been filed in time under FIFA’s regulations

“Therefore the protest cannot be heard,” a FIFA spokesman said.

Bahrain had previously got through the Asian playoffs against Uzbekistan on a technicality after FIFA made them replay their 1-0 defeat to Uzbekistan following a mistake by the referee.

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