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Cape Verde Islands

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Cape Verde launch World Cup court bid

Cape Verde have been denied a place in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup after they fielded an inelgible player.

Cape Verde are to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the right to replace Tunisia in the World Cup playoffs, despite the first leg of Tunisia's playoff match already having taken place.

The court said Cape Verde's FA had appealed against a FIFA ruling to award Tunisia a 3-0 victory in a decisive group match in September. Cape Verde won the match 2-0, but were penalised for fielding an ineligible player.

That meant Tunisia qualified...

FIFA rejects Cape Verde appeal

ZURICH -- Cape Verde will not be reinstated in the World Cup after FIFA dismissed the tiny African nation's appeal in an ineligible player case.

FIFA say the Cape Verdean Football Association were informed on Tuesday of the ruling which confirms Tunisia's place in the qualifying playoffs. Tunisia will face Cameroon in a two-leg playoff on October 13 and November 17.

Cape Verde beat Tunisia 2-0 in a decisive group match last month, but did so with defender Fernando Varela, who was serving a four-match...