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Liverpool's Rafael Paez waits on FIFA green light over Eibar loan

A general view of Anfield Stadium during the pre season friendly match between Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen at Anfield, 2012
Image: Eibar lodge appeal over Rafael Paez's loan move from Liverpool

Liverpool central defender Rafael Paez must wait for the outcome of an appeal before finding out if he can play on loan with La Liga side Eibar.

Last month, the 20-year-old former Real Madrid youngster agreed to join the Basque side on loan for the remainder of the season after they reached agreement with Liverpool.

But FIFA blocked Paez’s transfer due to an administrative mistake and have now appealed to world football’s governing body to allow the transfer to go ahead.

A statement from Eibar read: "Sporting Club Eibar have appealed to FIFA regarding the international organisation's decision not to grant them the transfer of Rafa Paez due to an administrative mistake that has now been corrected.

"Eibar handed all the documents from Liverpool for the transfer of Rafa Paez on January 30, within the deadline established by FIFA.

"However, FIFA notified Eibar on February 2 that an administration error had occurred in the process and that it was necessary to correct, something which was done immediately.

"A few days after FIFA announced to Eibar that the transfer had been denied. Eibar has presented an appeal to FIFA in order to be granted the transfer.

"Rafa Paez continues to train normally with the team, awaiting for this problem to be resolved in order to be available for selection."

The Alicante-born defender joined Liverpool in the summer of 2013 after terminating his contract with Real Madrid.

Paez played with Liverpool’s reserves last year and turned out for the first team in a friendly with Shamrock Rovers before joining Serie B side Bologna ahead of the 2014-15 season

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