Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ethiopia admit fielding suspended star

(Jun 19, 2013, (Sport 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. "We accept the allegation, it is a mistake by our side, shocking news to us," he said in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia are likely to be docked three points by organisers FIFA, but will still lead South Africa by two points and Botswana by three with an away fixture against the Central African Republic to come. "(The) players have got the commitment, the spirit (and) the inspiration. The coach also has inspiration. Nobody is frustrated, we still see hope," said Gebremariam. Read more from »

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