Carlisle United striker Hallam Hope has found himself at the centre of international controversy.

CONCACAF’s disciplinary committee have ruled Hope and Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce, two former England youth internationals, were ineligible for Barbados' 2-2 draw with Guyana in September, in which Hope scored both of Barbados' goals on his debut.

The result of the CONCACAF Nations League game has now been vacated and Guyana awarded a 3-0 win by forfeit.

A CONCACAF statement yesterday read: "The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football [CONCACAF] today announced its disciplinary committee has decided to sanction the Barbados Football Association, by declaring as a forfeit the CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match played against Guyana, on September 6, 2018. 

"After due examination of the evidence, the committee determined that the Barbados Football Association infringed the applicable articles of the tournament regulations and the regulations governing the application of the FIFA statutes in relation to the eligibility of players to play for representative teams by fielding ineligible players Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce. 

"In accordance with articles 55 and 31 of the FIFA disciplinary code, the Barbados Football Association is considered to have lost the match against Guyana by a score of 3-0."

Both players also appeared in Barbados' October CONCACAF Nations League qualifier, a 3-0 loss to El Salvador. That result stands since it is identical to the forfeit penalty due.

Last week, a source familiar with the matter had questioned Guyana’s appeal while stating that Barbados carried out the correct procedure in acquiring the services of 24-year-old Hope.

Hope qualifies to play for Babardos through his father, Russell.

Both United and FIFA have been approached for comment.