Cape Verde take appeal to CAS

October 30, 2013 - 12:00:00 am

LAUSANNE: Cape Verde have taken the appeal against their exclusion from the African World Cup play-offs to the Lausanne based Court of Arbitration for Sport, the judicial body said yesterday.

Cape Verde finished top of their African qualifying group B to reach the play-offs, where they were due to meet Cameroon over two legs to decide who goes to Brazil next year, but have since been replaced by Tunisia.

Cape Verde won their group thanks in part to a 2-0 victory over Tunisia on September 7 but that result was overturned and awarded to their opponents by a 3-0 scoreline after they were found to have fielded defender Fernando Varela despite him being banned.Cape Verde have already failed with an appeal to FIFA at the beginning of this month. They argued that Varela, who had served only two games of a four-match ban when he started against the Tunisians, had been red-carded in a game away to Equatorial Guinea that was later declared null and void.

No date has yet been set for a CAS decision but the play-off first leg was played on October 13 (with the sides drawing 0-0 in Rades) and the second leg is due to be played on November 17. AFP