LIMA (REUTERS) - Peru and New Zealand will start next month's intercontinental play-off for a place at the 2018 World Cup with a clean slate in terms of yellow cards, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) said in a statement on Monday (Oct 30).
The South Americans asked football's world governing body FIFA to make the ruling, arguing that New Zealand had played fewer games in their qualifying rounds.
New Zealand featured in seven Oceania group qualifying matches plus a two-legged play-off, while Peru played 18 matches as they came fifth in their continent's competition.
"This resolution is an example that allows both national sides to start from an equal footing in the play-offs," FPF president Edwin Oviedo said on the federation's official website (www.fpf.org.pe).
The teams meet in Wellington on Nov 11, before heading to Lima for the second leg four days later to decide who goes to next year's Finals in Russia.