Barbados out of World Cup after fielding ineligible player

ZURICH, (Reuters) – Barbados have been knocked out of the World Cup qualifying competition after fielding an ineligible player in a match against Aruba, FIFA said on Monday.

Barbados forfeited the game, which they won 1-0, because they played goal-scorer Hadan Holligan when he should have been serving an automatic one-match suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.

FIFA awarded Aruba a 3-0 win in the second leg of the CONCACAF qualifying second-round tie, putting them through 3-2 on aggregate.

Barbados, who have never qualified for the World Cup, were also fined 6,000 Swiss francs ($6,460).

“The sanction will have immediate effect and as a consequence Aruba will now qualify for the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifiers,” FIFA said.

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