Rio 2016: Is this a no-Wynne situation for Kiwis?

NEW Zealand Football officials will take legal action after its men's team was disqualified from next year's Rio Olympics.

The Kiwis were due to play Fiji in the final of the Oceania qualifiers in Port Moresby at the weekend after beating Vanuatu 2-0 in the semis. But a protest from Vanuatu about the eligibility of South African-born left back Deklan Wynne (pictured) saw the result overturned and Vanuatu awarded a 3-0 win.

Fiji went on to win the final 4-3 on penalties to become the first country other than Australia or New Zealand to earn the chance to represent Oceania at the Olympics. New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin said the organisation was now working with its lawyers to contest the decision.

"We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that any final decision is only reached after a proper and fair process has been carried out," he said. "We trust that Oceania Football Confederation will change its position and conduct that proper and fair process."

Wynne, 20, played for New Zealand at last month's U20s FIFA World Cup and is a naturalised New Zealander.

But he does not meet any criteria set out in article seven of FIFA's statutes, namely he wasn't born in New Zealand, doesn't have a New Zealand parent or grandparent, and hasn't lived in the country for five years since turning 18.

Martin said representations have been made to OFC, FIFA and the Pacific Games Council.

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