FIFA charges Eq Guinea for 'ineligible' playerAP , Associated Press
Apr. 10, 2013 7:26 AM ET
ZURICH (AP) — Equatorial Guinea faces being stripped of a World Cup qualifying victory against Cape Verde for fielding an ineligible player.
FIFA said on Wednesday it opened a disciplinary case against the football federation of Equatorial Guinea, after its 4-3 win in Malabo on March 24.
None of the Equatorial Guinea starting lineup was born there, though FIFA allows players to represent a country if a parent or grandparent was born in the territory.
The team in Malabo included players born in Brazil, Spain, Colombia, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Liberia.
FIFA did not specify which player was allegedly ineligible, and has not set a date for its disciplinary committee to judge the case.
"As a general rule, member associations are responsible to field eligible players and therefore verify if all requirements are fulfilled," FIFA said in a statement.
Equatorial Guinea is the fourth African team charged by FIFA over ineligible players since the current phase of continental qualifying began last June.
FIFA already imposed 3-0 losses by default against Burkina Faso, Gabon and Sudan.
Equatorial Guinea trails group leader Tunisia by five points midway through a six-match program, and would drop to last in the group if Cape Verde is awarded a 3-0 win.
In a similar case in 2011, FIFA disqualified the Equatorial Guinea women's team from the London Olympics qualifying phase. FIFA also suspended forward Jade Boho Sayo for two months over her disputed nationality.