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FIFA calls on Hislop's safe pair hands

PANEL MAN: Hislop in 2008 (PA)

FORMER TRINIDAD & Tobago keeper Shaka Hislop has been appointed by FIFA to be on their advisory panel for the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The London-born 45-year-old was nominated for the prestigious position by CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and will take up his new role when the panel meet in Belfast on November 24.

IFAB discusses and decides upon proposed alterations to the laws of the game, with Hislop now established as an influential football analyst on TV at ESPN.

He initially turned out for the England U-21 team in 1998 and was an unused substitute for England against Chile, but chose to represent Trinidad & Tobago and made 26 appearances between 1999-2006 that included a starring role at the 2006 World Cup Finals.

With the majority of his career spent in the top flight in England he helped Newcastle United finish runners up in the Premier League in 1996 and 1997. He was a First Division champion with Portsmouth in 2003 and an FA Cup runner-up with West Ham in 2006, where he saved a penalty from the now Brighton & Hove coach Sami Hyypia, but Liverpool triumphed 3-1 on spot-kicks following a memorable 3-3 stalemate.

Hislop left the Premier League to sign for Major League Soccer team FC Dallas in July 2006, but he only made 10 appearances before suffering a back injury that prompted his retirement from the sport in August 2007.

He briefly worked as a goalkeeping coach for the football team at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, United States, before landing the role of a commentator with broadcasters ESPN.

The IFAB panel members will meet twice a year and serve for a period of two years. FIFA has the final decision on any IFAB suggestions to change the laws of the game.

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