The Cape Verde Islands have lost their place in the last round of African World Cup qualifiers after fielding an ineligible player, Fifa said on Thursday.
Instead Tunisia, who the Cape Verdians upset
2-0 in a shock result on Saturday, advance to
the play-off rounds in October and November.
Fifa released a statement outlining the case against the tiny island nation after KickOff.com broke the news earlier today that they were under investigation.
“By means of a telephone conference, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today taken a decision to sanction the Cape Verdean Football Association (FCF) for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil between Tunisia and the Cape Verde Islands on 7 September 2013,” the statement read.
“The match has been declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Tunisia, meaning that the Cape Verde Islands will not progress to round three of the FIFA World Cup African zone qualifiers having dropped to second place in Group B with nine points while Tunisia finish first with 14 points and will now advance.
“The FCF has also received a fine of CHF 6,000
after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered the FCF liable for having breached art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Regulations.
“The sanction relates to the Cape Verde player
Fernando Varela failing to serve the full four-
match suspension imposed on him after
receiving a red card for unsporting conduct
towards a match official during a FIFA World
Cup™ qualifier on 24 March 2013.
“The draw for round three of the FIFA World
Cup qualifiers in the African zone will be
conducted next Monday, 16 September. The
five best-placed sides in the FIFA/Coca-Cola
World Ranking, which will be released today
following the outcome of this disciplinary
case, will be seeded in the draw.”