World Cup playoff seeding system unfair, say France

Reuters| Updated: Oct 14, 2013, 18:05 PM IST

Paris: France believe the seeding system is unfair for the World Cup playoffs in November and plan to ask soccer`s ruling body FIFA to review it ahead of next week`s draw.

World and European champions Spain are three points ahead in Group I and host Georgia in their final qualifier on Tuesday when second-placed France, who look certain to go through to the playoffs, entertain Finland.

The playoff seeds will be determined by FIFA rankings and 25th-placed France face a likely clash with another big footballing nation.

Les Bleus believe the system is flawed because fewer ranking points were available in five-nation Group I while the other sections all contained six teams.

"We`re going to contact (FIFA)," French Federation president Noel Le Graet told the radio station RMC. "There is a little injustice between the group of five and the groups of six.

"Our rivals from other groups have been able to score more points ... that`s a fact."