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Bolivia Sanctioned by FIFA for Fielding an Ineligible Player

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FIFA orders Bolivia to forfeit two World Cup qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player

Zurich, Switzerland – FIFA has ordered the Bolivian Football Association (FBF) to forfeit two World Cup qualifying matches for fielding an ineligible player (Nelson Cabrera), FIFA has announced.

“The Bolivian Football Association (FBF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played between Bolivia and Peru on 1 September 2016 and between Chile and Bolivia on 6 September 2016.

Both matches are declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favor of Peru and 3-0 in favor of Chile, with the FBF also receiving a total fine of CHF 12,000 after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee deemed the FBF liable for having breached art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) and art. 8 of the Regulations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Upon delivering its decision, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee referred to the wording of art. 55 of the FDC, which sets a clear sanction for any breach of eligibility rules.

The sanction relates to the player Nelson Cabrera who was fielded by Bolivia in breach of the rules on eligibility to play for representative teams set out in the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes.

The sanction will have immediate effect. “

Midst the recent sanctions on Bolivia, Argentina falls to sixth place and outside World Cup qualifications. While Chile reaches the fifth place and would be playing the playoffs against another conference.

To make things worst for Argentina, they will be facing Brazil and Colombia in their next qualification matches.

FIFA received complaints from Chile and Peru about Paraguay-born defender Cabrera, who previously played for Paraguay’s national team.

It was unclear if Bolivia failed to apply properly for Cabrera’s transfer of allegiance, or if he was never eligible for his second national team.