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FIFA Hands Ethiopia Three-Point Deduction

  • Reuters, Monday, July 1, 2013 1:36 PM

FIFA on Monday threw South Africa a World Cup qualifying lifeline after its group rival Ethiopia, which had already won the group with one match to play, was deducted three points for fielding Minyahile Teshome Beyene, who was supposed to be suspended, in a game against Botswana. The violation meant that Ethiopia’s 2-1 win turned into a 3-0 loss. Now, Ethiopia’s lead is just two points going into the final game away to the Central African Republic on Sept. 6. South Africa, meanwhile, hosts Botswana on the same day.  

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