EQUATORIAL GUINEA have been banned from 2019 Women's World Cup after picking TEN ineligible Brazilians. Equatorial Guinea's football federation was fined £78,000.
FIFA initially imposed sanctions against Equatorial Guinea in April 2016 after it was found that 10 players who participated in the preliminary rounds of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 were ineligible to represent the country. The players with forged documents were from Cameroon and Nigeria. That decision related to a Brazil-born player who had two passports and two birth certificates with personal details that did not match.
The ineligible players featured for the oil-rich African country during qualifying for the 2016 Olympics, while two other players provided "forged and falsified" documents to claim nationality, Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a statement.
Further investigations were conducted and on Thursday FIFA confirmed that the country has been expelled from qualification of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019.
Equatorial Guinea football officials have appealed to the court of arbitration for sport against the ban by the Confederation of African Football from two editions of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations.
Equatorial Guinea's women's team were disqualified from the 2012 London Olympics for fielding an ineligible player.