Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmdit will have to alter his 2019 World Cup preparations slightly after Romania were dumped out of the tournament.
World Rugby announced last month that it felt the match between Spain and Belgium, refereed by a Romanian official and which Belgium surprisingly won to allow Romania to qualify for the World Cup, should be replayed.
"Subject to any appeal of the disputes committee's decision, the victor of the European playoff between Germany and Portugal, provisionally scheduled for June 9 will play Samoa home-and-away in the playoff to determine the final Pool A place".
Spain had hoped for a reprieve, after a World Rugby investigation into the circumstances of their loss to Belgium, but the independent panel chose to dock all three teams points, subject to appeal.
Russian Federation have been granted a place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania and Spain were found to have fielded ineligible players during the qualification stage.
However, the match was marred by an incident following the match where Iordachescu was harassed by five Spanish players who were banned for their part in the post-match altercation.
"The committee's decision and findings clearly demonstrate issues with the processes adopted by some of the participating unions relating to the eligibility of players as well as the delivery and organisation of the Rugby Europe Championship".
In the latest twist to a complicated and controversial series of matches and following an investigation by the independent judicial and disputes committee, World Rugby have docked the three nations five match points for each ineligible player used.Читайте также: Children Tortured In California Home, Parents Charged
The European qualifying tournament was thrown into disarray when Spain lost 18-12 in their final game to Belgium, having only needed a win to qualify for Japan.
As such, Spain were deducted 40 points, while Belgium and Romania were both docked 30 points.
Sione Faka'osilea is Romania's one ineligible player after previously representing Tonga Sevens.
Though Spain contested the eligibility charge weighed against them, the committee concluded that they were "satisfied that World Rugby's submissions on the fielding of ineligible players by Spain are correct".
It would have been much better for the game if Rugby Europe had, once the mathematics of the final matches of the competition become clear, changed the match officials.
Samoa will take on Germany or Portugal for a place at the Rugby World Cup.
"The rescheduled dates will enable the least-possible disruption for Samoa's European and Southern Hemisphere based players, who will be released under Regulation 9, which covers all Rugby World Cup qualifiers", a statement read.
"Rugby Europe deeply regrets this situation, " the body said in a statement.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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