Sep 19, 2013, 6:30 PM EST
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.
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.
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