Ethiopia confesses to fielding ineligible player

Ethiopia fielded an ineligible player against Botswana in a World Cup qualifier.

Ethiopia football officials have finally admitted they fielded an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against Botswana.

The officials said on Tuesday that it was a mistake and they would not appeal any FIFA disciplinary rulings made against them.

“We have evaluated the situation and we came across the issue that we made a mistake,” Sahilu Gebremariam, president of the Ethiopian Football Federation, told Reuters.

“We accepted the allegation that this was inappropriate. There won’t be an appeal from us being lodged.”

Ethiopia are now almost certain to be docked three points; therefore, South Africa is not yet out of the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier.


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