World Cup qualifier: Ethiopia admit fielding suspended star

Another midfielder, Alaixys Romao of Togo, started in a Group I game against Cameroon in Lome when he should have been sidelined following cautions in two earlier matches. FIFA issued a statement last weekend saying they were probing games involving Togo, Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea over the alleged use of ineligible players, but did not name them.

updated: June 18, 2013 22:36 IST
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Johannesburg: Ethiopia admitted Tuesday fielding a suspended footballer in a World Cup qualifier during June, and FIFA match records show Togo were guilty of a similar offence.

Midfielder Manyahile Beyene played for Ethiopia in Botswana instead of serving a one-match ban having been cautioned in Group A games away to South Africa and at home against Botswana.

National football federation president Sehelew Gebremariam revealed to AFP that Ethiopia had blundered by fielding Beyene in the away game against Botswana.

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