The South African Football Association (SAFA) has called on FIFA to punish Everton over the row regarding Steven Pienaar.
The midfielder will miss Everton’s Carling Cup semi-final with Chelsea on Tuesday night after South Africa invoked the 14-day rule ahead of the African Cup of Nations.
The Premier League club felt Pienaar was eligible to face Chelsea due to South Africa’s first game of the tournament being staged on 23rd January.
However, Fifa backed South Africa’s argument that the 14-day ruling comes into effect when the tournament starts on January 20th.
The SAFA has now callled upon football’s governing body to take action against Everton.
“For the South African Football Association, our intention is not to punish the player, because the player is not to be blamed in this particular instance,” a spokesman told PA Sport.
“We’ve played the game by the rules, so Fifa will have to sanction the team.”
Meanwhile, Everton have criticised Fifa and the South African Football Association for insisting Steven Pienaar must report for international duty.
“There’s a distinct grey area on this ruling,” Everton secretary David Harrison told the club’s website.
“We’re disappointed this has only been made clear at this late stage.”