Togo forfeit win over Cameroon

  • Last Updated: July 4 2013, 17:04 BST

Togo have been forced to forfeit last month's World Cup qualifying victory over Cameroon after FIFA found them guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

Togo's victory over Cameroon has been overturned
Togo's victory over Cameroon has been overturned

The world governing body acted after it emerged Togo had fielded Alaixys Romao in the June 9 fixture in Lome when the midfielder should instead have been serving a one-match ban.

Togo won the match 2-0 but the result has now been overturned and a fine of just over £4,000 imposed on the Togolese Football Federation (TFF).

"The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Cameroon," a FIFA statement read.

"The sanction relates to the Togolese player Alaixys Romao failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches."

FIFA's decision has major ramifications for Libya, who had been leading Group I but now find themselves in second place behind Cameroon with just one round of matches remaining in the preliminary qualifying phase.

Cameroonhost Libyain the final round of matches on September 6, with the Indomitable Lions now needing only a point to progress from what had been a must-win encounter.

News of the sanction, though, comes on the same day FIFA provisionally suspended the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) with immediate effect on account of government interference.

They will have to allow a FIFA 'normalisation committee' to begin its duties if the suspension is to be lifted in time for the game.

Togo were unable to qualify from the group even before today's decision.

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