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FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Liberia in familiar storyline

Sep 19, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT


It happened again.

FIFA announced on Thursday that it opened disciplinary proceedings against Liberia for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in a 4-1 loss to Angola in a Sept. 7 World Cup qualifier. Liberia is the fifth African nation accused of the same offense this year.

(MORE: Cape Verde eliminated after FIFA sanction for ineligible player)

The world governing body did not name the player in its official release, only stating that the outcome would not affect further competition leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil because Angola and Liberia finished third and fourth, respectively, in Group J of the CAF qualifiers.

Last week, Cape Verde was eliminated from advancing to the final round of qualifying because it used an ineligible player against Tunisia on the same date Liberia is accused of its offense. Ethiopia, Togo and Equatorial Guinea are the other three nations who have been sanctioned in the past months.

In all cases, opposing teams in the matches concerned were awarded 3-0 forfeit victories, and the offending federations were fined.

  1. randomhookup - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Has most of this round of mishaps been about using players who should have been suspended for the game for yellow/red cards or for using players who were provisionally cap-tied to another federation (or even non-citizens)?

    • medic0nduty - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I believe in on scenario it was about playing a player who was banned for yellow/red card accumulation; I don’t know about the rest.

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