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 By Arch Bell

French Guiana coach 'perturbed' with delay over Florent Malouda ban

Florent Malouda was suspended for French Guiana's 3-0 Gold Cup loss to Costa Rica.

FRISCO, Texas - French Guiana head coach Jaïr Karam says that he and his team were left feeling "perturbed" by CONCACAF's delay in issuing a suspension for midfielder Florent Malouda.

The former Chelsea star had appeared in French Guiana's 0-0 Gold Cup draw versus Honduras on Tuesday and had hoped to be back on the field for their Group A finale on Friday against Costa Rica.

However, late Thursday night CONCACAF ruled that Tuesday's match would result in a 3-0 forfeit victory for Honduras,...

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Costa Rica makes quarterfinals after seeing off 10-man French Guiana

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Costa Rica secured a spot in the quarterfinals after easing past French Guiana with a 3-0 win in the teams' third Gold Cup match in Frisco, Texas on Friday.

French Guiana were without Florent Malouda, the former France international who was suspended for two matches after being fielded ineligibly in his team's second group match against Honduras.

Costa Rica wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Ariel Rodriguez found himself in the perfect spot in the third minute and swept home from close range...

No winners in CONCACAF's handling of Malouda, French Guiana situation

Florent Malouda feels it was very emotional to represent the French Guiana in Tuesday's 0-0 Gold Cup draw with Honduras.
In the end, French Guiana took a risk and got burned by starting Malouda. But it reflects poorly on CONCACAF.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup has turned into the Theater of the Absurd.

Early Friday morning -- really early, as in 3 a.m. ET -- the confederation issued a news release stating that because French Guiana fielded an ineligible player in its 0-0 draw with Honduras, it would forfeit the match by a 3-0 score. CONCACAF also levied a fine against the French Guiana football association and suspended the player in question, Florent Malouda, for two games.

The farce of this situation lies in how CONCACAF and...

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French Guiana forfeit Honduras match for playing Florent Malouda

Florent Malouda feels it was very emotional to represent the French Guiana in Tuesday's 0-0 Gold Cup draw with Honduras.

French Guiana must forfeit a Gold Cup match after starting the ineligible Florent Malouda in Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Honduras, CONCACAF ruled.

Former Chelsea winger Malouda, 37, started the group-stage match in Houston despite previously playing 80 times for France in a violation of FIFA rules, which are being observed for the tournament by the regional governing body.

CONCACAF's disciplinary committee also fined French Guiana and banned Malouda for the remainder of the tournament.

"The French...

 By Arch Bell

Florent Malouda honoured to play for French Guiana despite eligibility issue

Florent Malouda feels it was very emotional to represent the French Guiana in Tuesday's 0-0 Gold Cup draw with Honduras.

HOUSTON -- Former Chelsea and France midfielder Florent Malouda has told ESPN FC that it was "very emotional" to take to the field for French Guiana in Tuesday's 0-0 Gold Cup draw against Honduras in Houston.

Malouda, who earned 80 caps for France and played in the 2006 World Cup final, started as captain and went the distance against the Catrachos, despite having being ruled ineligible for the match.

Honduras are likely to earn a 3-0 victory via a forfeit following the controversy, but Malouda...