The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Equatorial Guinean Football Association (FEGUIFUT) for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The match between Cape Verde Islands and Equatorial Guinea played on 8 June 2013 was declared a 3-0 forfeit victory for Cape Verde Islands, with FEGUIFUT also receiving a fine of CHF 30,000 after the FIFA Disciplinary Committee considered the association liable for the breach of art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Regulations.

FIFA can also confirm today that the FIFA Appeal Committee has rejected the appeal lodged by FEGUIFUT against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 7 May 2013 to sanction the association for fielding the same ineligible player during the team’s earlier qualifying match against Cape Verde Islands on 24 March 2013.

The Appeal Committee upheld the FIFA Disciplinary Committee’s decision to award Cape Verde Islands a 3-0 forfeit victory over Equatorial Guinea in their FIFA World Cup™ qualifier on 24 March and to impose a fine of CHF 12,000 against FEGUIFUT after the Disciplinary Committee considered FEGUIFUT liable for the breach of art. 55 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 8 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Regulations.

The player concerned in both proceedings is Emilio Nsue López.