FIFA uphold Cape Verde World Cup expulsion
The Cape Verdean Football Association have lost their appeal against expulsion from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
The Africans were kicked out of the final stages of the CAF qualifying competition after being punished for fielding an ineligible player in the win over Tunisia last month.
They had topped Group B of African qualifying after their 2-0 win over Nabil Maaloul's men in Rades. However, FIFA found the Cape Verdean Football Association guilty of fielding Fernando Varela, despite the defender not having served a full four-match suspension for a red card.
As a result, Tunisia were awarded a 3-0 walkover - enough to move them top ahead of Cape Verde and advance to a two-legged clash with Cameroon instead.
The Cape Verdean Football Association appealed that punishment, but FIFA have now dismissed the case.
A statement released by the world governing body on Tuesday read: "The FIFA Appeal Committee rendered a decision on 23 September 2013 regarding an appeal lodged by the Cape Verdean Football Association (FCF) and informed the association of the decision today, 1 October 2013.
"The appeal lodged by the FCF was rejected and the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee rendered on 12 September 2013, has been confirmed in its entirety. As such, the sanction imposed by the Disciplinary Committee on the FCF for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil between Tunisia and the Cape Verde Islands on 7 September 2013 stands.
"The match in question was declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Tunisia, meaning that the Cape Verde Islands will not progress to round three of the FIFA World Cup African zone qualifiers having dropped to second place in Group B with nine points, while Tunisia advance having finished first with 14 points."