GENEVA (AFP) – Liberia were on Thursday sanctioned by FIFA for fielding a suspended player during a World Cup qualifier, but the penalty had no impact as they had already failed to earn a berth in Brazil.
Football’s world governing said that Liberia were guilty of playing goalkeeper Nathaniel Sherman in their match against Angola on September 7.
Sherman should have been sidelined because he had picked up two cautions in previous games, leading to an automatic one-match suspension, FIFA said.
The decision to count the game as a 3-0 defeat for Liberia has no impact on the standings in Group J of the African qualifiers, given that Angola had won the match 4-1.
Neither teams had a chance of advancing to round three of the qualifiers after Senegal finished four points clear of Uganda at the top of the group.
FIFA also fined Liberia 6,000 Swiss francs (4,870 euros, $6,700).