Zurich — FIFA has denied Serbia's request to transfer former
Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic's international eligibility because he already
played a World Cup qualifying match for Spain.
That appearance in September 2008 was the only time Bojan
represented Spain, where he was born. The Stoke player's father is Serbian.
FIFA says it referred the Serbian football federation to two
rules governing players' national team eligibility.
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Serbia made the request despite a long-established FIFA rule
that locks in players with a national team after they appear in a competitive
Bojan, then aged 18, came on as a 65th-minute substitute in
Spain's 4-0 win against Armenia in Albacete. Spain went on to win the 2010
Serbia is in a six-team 2018 World Cup qualifying group that
includes Wales, Austria and Ireland.
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