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CAF suspends Gambia for two years

Gambia will not compete in all African competitions for two years due to cheating in the African U-20 Championship

Ahram Online, Saturday 3 May 2014
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The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially suspended Gambia from all football competitions for two years.

"The Executive Committee has finally decided to suspend the Gambian Football Association for two years from all CAF competitions in accordance with “Article 37 Paragraph 1 of the regulations of the African U-20 Championship," a statement read on CAF's website on Saturday.

"Article 37 states that for any deliberate intention to foul or cheat in any matter involving the falsification of documents, the defaulting association shall be suspended for two years from all CAF competitions," the statement added.

On 20 April 2014, the Organizing Committee for the African U-20 Championship decided to disqualify Gambia for fielding five players ineligible for the age criteria in the qualifier, Liberia-Gambia on 6 April 2014.

All five players were born in 1994 while the competition, according to a CAF circular dated 2 September 2013, is open to players born on 1 January 1995 or after.

Thereafter, CAF launched an investigation into the case and found Gambia guilty.

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