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Latinos cry foul at losing berth

Rio De Janeiro: South Americans were surprised and upset at Fifaís decision to reduce their places saying the continentís soccer tradition was overlooked in favour of simple numbers.

Fifa agreed to a shake-up in the World Cup allocation system on Tuesday. The South American confederation (CSF), had their allocation trimmed by half a place and they will have four teams at the next World Cup.

Uefa will lose half a place, meaning 13 countries will qualify from Europe, plus hosts Germany. Concacaf, the North and Central American Confederation, gain half a place to 3-1/2, while the African confederation continue to have five places and Asia stay with 4-1/2. (Reuters)

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