The Fifa official says only in Africa teams forgetfully field ineligible players during World Cup qualifying
Fifa director of competitions Mustapha Fahmy says he is preoccupied with the situation where team officials field ineligible players during World Cup qualifying matches, especially during the second round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying.
He says it is difficult to understand why officials are unable to detect players that shouldn’t be used during a particular encounter even though the rules are clear to everyone.
“We are concerned about what happened to many African teams who have been sanctioned for failing to comply with the rules of the competition which is nevertheless supposed to be known to all,” Fahmy told cafonline.com.
“This occurred only in Africa during the ongoing World Cup qualifying. Such a situation did not happen in Europe, Asia or South America.
“We must try to understand what happened and look for ways to ensure that these situations do not occur in the future,” said the former secretary general of Caf.
Cape Verde were stripped of their berth to the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifying in favour of Tunisia for fielding an ineligible player.