Togo admit to fielding ineligible player against Cameroon

Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 19 Jun 2013

Togo risk forfeiting their 2-0 win over Cameroon in 8 June World Cup qualifier after admitting they fielded ineligible player

Togo's national team (Photo: Reuters)

Togolese football officials admitted on Wednesday to having fielded an ineligible player in their 2-0 winning match over Cameroon in 8 June World Cup qualifiers.

"Olympique de Marseille midfielder Jacques-Alaixys Romao played against Cameroon despite his automatic suspension," a spokesman for Togo's football association told AFP Wednesday.

Romao was booked against Libya in June 2012 and against Cameroon in March of this year.

The Olympique Marseille midfielder had helped Togo to a 2-0 win over Cameroon earlier this month, preventing the Indomitable Lions from advancing to the top of Group I in African qualifiers.

Cameroon are currently second in the group with seven points, two clear of group leaders Libya.

Togo now face the risk of forfeiting their win against Cameroon, which would come as welcome news for the Indomitable Lions.

If the points are redistributed, Cameroon will advance to the first place of Group I with ten points, while Libya will fall to second place with nine points.

On Monday, FIFA announced that Ethiopia, Togo and Equatorial Guinea were all facing disciplinary action for allegedly fielding ineligible players in recent qualifiers.

Ethiopia on Tuesday admitted that they had fielded an ineligible player in 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but stressed their readiness to accept the appropriate penalty for the violation. 

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