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Adelaide to take on Asia without Salley

Amendments to rules made by FIFA has made Adelaide United midfielder Jonas Salley ineligible for their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Quarter Finals legs which begin tonight against Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers in Japan. An AFC rule regarding player's nationality and residency was changed in June this year thus disallowing the Reds to name Salley for any of their remaining Champions League matches. Born in the Ivory Coast but granted Australian citizenship this year, Salley was named as one of the Reds local players and not one of three foreign squad members allocated, and now a rule that has been changed finds him on the outer. Adelaide United CEO Sam Ciccarello commented on the matter saying, "Unfortunately due to the amendments to the statutes which were passed through the FIFA congress in June, Jonas does not qualify to represent the Australian national team and therefore cannot line up in the AFC Champions League as an Australian/local player. "The amendments state that a player who has become a citizen of another country must be a resident of that country for a minimum of five years, as opposed to two years, which is what the regulation was previously. "It is disappointing for Jonas and the team that he is not eligible to play. The change to the regulations that apply to the AFC Champions League have only become known to us over the last week through the FFA. "The club has been in constant dialogue with the FFA, and they with the AFC, for a clarification on the regulation, and today the AFC confirmed that Jonas was ineligible to be registered as an Australian/local player."

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