SOUTH AMERICANS HANDED TWO-YEAR BAN
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
French football was rocked by the false passport scandal that saw mass investigations into players from almost every club in Le Championnat.
Metz's Colombian goalkeeper Fayrd Mondragon was the first player to be charged with the offence and is one of the trio of South Americans that have been banned by a Paris court.
Argentine Emiliano Romay who played for Second Division side Nice, and Chilean Pablo Contreras formerly of Monaco, recieved the same ban and all three where handed fines.
Mondragon was fined 300,000 francs and Contreras 200,000 francs, while Romay received a 150,000 franc penalty.
The Colombian was the only one present at the hearing because he is the only one still playing in France, and he immediately appealed against the decision.
The keeper could now be able to play for the rest of the season until the appeal is heard which would be welcome news for Metz who are struggling atthe bottom of the league.
"I am stunned and shocked at the decision," said Metz chairman Carlo Molinari. "The mostimportant thing is the fact that Faryd could play until May 19th.
"He told me he was motivated and will do everything to help the club t stayin Division One, then we will see whathappens."
French clubs are only allowed to field three non-EU players and this has led to a larger need for foreigners to have EU nationality.