FIFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings Against Ethiopia
(BBC) – Ethiopia’s progress to the final round of African World Cup qualifying is in doubt after Fifa opened disciplinary proceedings against them on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, the Walia antelopes beat South Africa 2-1 in Addis Ababa to seemingly reach the African play-offs.
However, their progress is in question after accusations they fielded an ineligible player in the 2-1 win over Botswana on 8 June.
Fifa is also investigating Togo and Equatorial Guinea for the same offence. A guilty verdict against all the sides would have serious ramifications in three of the qualifying groups for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The case against the Ethiopians is pressing, as a guilty verdict could hand a lifeline back to 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa.
Currently five points off the top of Group A, South Africa would only be two points behind if the Ethiopians have to forfeit their victory against Botswana – and receive a technical defeat instead. The announcement of the world governing body’s probes will not only encourage South African football fans, but also those of Cameroon and Cape Verde. Read More