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FIFA investigates Liberia over ineligible player

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ZURICH (AP)

FIFA is investigating Liberia for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier this month.

It is the ninth ineligible player case to be opened by FIFA in Africa's qualifying competition for Brazil 2014. Seven teams have already been found guilty and forfeited games.

FIFA did not identify the player in question but said on Thursday it related to Liberia's 4-1 defeat in Angola on Sept. 7. Any sanction will not affect the continent's final World Cup playoffs after Senegal won the group. FIFA typically awards the opposition a 3-0 victory if a team is found to have had an ineligible player.

Burkina Faso, Sudan, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea (twice), Ethiopia, Togo and Cape Verde Islands all forfeited games for ineligible players. Cape Verde lost its place in the playoffs.

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