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By Nick Said | Jun 19, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 137 ]

SOUTH Africa could get a further boost in their seemingly doomed bid to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year with Ethiopia potentially set to lose the points from their win over Bafana Bafana on Sunday as well.

Fifa is already investigating the eligibility of midfielder Minyahile Beyene for the 2-1 victory in Botswana on June 8. The player should have been suspended for the fixture, having picked up two yellow cards in the qualification campaign, according to official match reports seen by Times Media.

With plenty of precedence in this regard, it would seem highly likely that Ethiopia's error in fielding him will cost them the points from the match against The Zebras.

But Times Media has been told that also having fielded the same player against South Africa in the 2-1 win on Sunday, and with him having yet to officially serve his one-match suspension, the East African side should lose those three points as well.

Former NSL referee Colin Knott, a leading whistleman in the 1980s, certainly believes this to be the case and says that if Fifa does not take action themselves, Safa should launch a complaint.

"It is clear that by fielding the player [Beyene], Ethiopia are still in violation of the rules, as he has not yet served his suspension. On that basis, the points from the game should go to South Africa," Knott said.

A look through the Fifa regulations does not make mention of the above scenario and gives no guidelines on what action to take.

Contacted by Times Media, Fifa would not comment on the matter while it is still under review, referring us back to the organisation's Disciplinary Code documents, which provide no clarity.

PSL general manager Derek Blanckensee told Times Media that had the situation played out in the domestic league, the matter would have gone to a Disciplinary Committee hearing, where a ruling would have been made.

But he added that there was also no hard and fast guideline in the PSL statutes either relating to this particular matter and that each case would be dealt with on its merits by the DC.

If Ethiopia lose the six points gained in their matches against Botswana and South Africa, it would be a game changer in the pool.

It would place Bafana Bafana at the top of the pool, a point ahead of Ethiopia in the group, meaning a win in their final qualifier against Botswana in September would seal passage to the next stage.

As things stand South Africa are out of contention, but with Ethiopia almost certain to lose the Botswana points, Gordon Igesund's team may have a lifeline.

In that scenario they trail Ethiopia by two points, meaning they need to beat Botswana and hope the Ethiopians get no more than a point away to Central African Republic in their final qualifier.

COMMENTS [ 137 ]

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This is naïve reporting, this article is not suppose to appear in a leading Paper like Sowetan. Probably u want more sales but whoever it is who u were consulting (colin knott) to make such an article lacks common intelligence to understand situations. All this is street talk probably by primary level school kids

Jun 19, 2013 10:1 | 0 replies

@Femi
...And exactly what is Bafana Bafana going to do in Brazil?
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Lol!!!Good question.
Gordon and his herd of zonkeys want to go and be the entertainment side show to amuse visitors in Brazil with their zonkey circus.

Jun 19, 2013 11:16 | 0 replies

@Blackenwhite
@Femi
...And exactly what is Bafana Bafana going to do in Brazil?
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Lol!!!Good question.
Gordon and his herd of zonkeys want to go and be the entertainment side show to amuse visitors in Brazil with their zonkey circus.

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Jun 19, 2013 11:18 | 0 replies

Shredder
@Pensulo
Illiteracy is very costly. We have a REPORTER of a well renowned paper misleading the nation or is it other illiterate masses. If FIIFA decides to dock those 3 points from Ethiopia, they will be AWARDED to Botswana not BAFANA BAFUNI. That the team Ethiopia played with a player apparently on suspension.
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Shredder
Did you even bother to read the article before calling people illiterates?
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We need to somaar ask his very literate Higness what FIIFA stands for.
If he cant unpack that one,then he is definately one of his so called illiterate masses himself.

Jun 19, 2013 11:22 | 0 replies

@drumzz
YOU ARE MISLEADING PEOPLE...YOU CANT PUNISH A TEAM TWICE FOR SAME OFFENSE, IF BOTSWANA IS AWARDED POINT FOR THAT OFFENSE, THEN IT CANCELS THAT SUSPENSION, YOU ARE CONFUSING A YELLOW CARD OFFENSE WITH A DEFAULTER .......STOP MISLEADING PEOPLE AND GIVING THEM FALSE HOPE U MORON.....
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Actually is the same offence commited twice.. it deserve two punishment
We firstly punish you for undermining the rules against Botswana game, then come and punish you for repeating your mistake.

Jun 19, 2013 11:23 | 0 replies

Nokturnal
Ethopia should just be penalised for the game against Botswana. Botswana should just be awarded the three points. Now, when that it is done, wouldnt it be unfair to penalise them for using the same player against Bafana? The player had to serve a one game suspension, which means he was not supposed to play against Botswana but was eligible to play against Mzansi. What I have realised about us (Mzansi), we are cry babies! 1st, we were not awarded the 2006 world cup, we wanted to take fifa to court. 2ndly, the goal difference for the 2012 AFCON, we thought we qualified and made a noise about goal difference, now this? it would be unfair to award bafana the three points for sunday's game
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The player was eligible to play against Mzansi had he served term, so he didn't serve it, so he's still eligible.

Jun 19, 2013 11:27 | 0 replies

Ethiopia must go through, finish and klaar. This is just non-sense. Sies man!

Jun 19, 2013 11:29 | 0 replies

@drumzz
@Cybertron
so what u are saying is ethiopia shud loose 6 points, and that same player shud not play against CAR??
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Yes, till they learn that when a player is on suspention his not suppose to be fielded. Period..

Jun 19, 2013 11:31 | 0 replies

@andicomposa
Also To let you know:
According to FIFA rule Ethiopia will only lose 3 points, claims of South africa to deduct 6 points is not acceptable according to Article 19.

Article 19/4
"If the suspension is to be served in terms of matches, only those matches
actually played count towards execution of the suspension. If a match
is abandoned, cancelled or forfeited (except for a violation of art. 55), a
suspension is only considered to have been served if the team to which the
suspended player belongs is not responsible for the facts that led to the
abandonment, cancellation or forfeit of the match."

Article 55 explains about ineligibility of a player. the cancellation of Botswana game would make Minyahil as he served the suspension & give him the right to play against South Africa
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The article doesn't actully say much hey, "If the suspension is to be served in terms of matches, only those matches
actually played count towards execution of the suspension", I get that.

" a suspension is only considered to have been served if the team to which the
suspended player belongs is not responsible for the facts that led to the
abandonment, cancellation or forfeit of the match.", I get that.

But now, suspending 3 points for Botswana game, does that serve as a suspention for a player?

Jun 19, 2013 11:36 | 0 replies

South Africa is a bad loser and they justify everything

Jun 19, 2013 11:56 | 0 replies

DJ-Winner
Femi
...And exactly what is Bafana Bafana going to do in Brazil?
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To play soccer and gain experience, I guess...
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Jun 19, 2013 11:57 | 0 replies