FIFA Disqualifies Cape Verde from 2014 World Cup, Replaces them with Tunisia
The Disciplinary Committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has disqualified Cape Verde from proceeding to the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
According to the committee, the decision was taken following the discovery that the Cape Verdean Football Association (FCF) fielded an ineligible player in the preliminary stage of the competition between it and Tunisia. FIFA subsequently awarded the September 7, 2013 match 3-0 in favour of Tunisia, meaning that the Cape Verde Islands will not progress to the final round three of the World Cup.
With the 3 points award in favour of Tunusia, Cape Verde which drops to second place in Group B with nine points while Tunisia finish first with 14 points and will now advance.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee also sanctioned Cape Verdean Football Association (FCF), a fine of CHF 6,000 after certifying that the federation 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.
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