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Cape Verde Islands thrown out of Africa World Cup qualifiers by Fifa

Cape Verde Islands thrown out of Africa World Cup qualifiers by Fifa
Cape Verde Islands beat Tunisia in the World Cup qualifier but have been thrown out by Fifa for fielding an ineligible player. Photograph: Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Fifa has disqualified Cape Verde Islands from the African qualifying play-offs for the 2014 World Cup for fielding an ineligible player in a decisive qualifying match, and reinstated Tunisia.

Cape Verde – an archipelago of 10 islands in the central Atlantic Ocean, 350 miles off the coast of western Africa – thought they had advanced to the final qualifying round by defeating Tunisia 2-0 in Rades on Saturday to win the group. The tiny nation would have entered the 10-team play-offs that decide Africa's five representatives in Brazil next year.

Fifa says its disciplinary committee decided that Fernando Varela should have been serving a suspension. Tunisia, who will now enter the play-off draw on Monday, complained to the world game's ruling body.

Cape Verde, which has a population of half a million, has never qualified for a World Cup and has the right of appeal.

 

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