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Bolivia sanction sees Argentina drop out of WC play-off place

FIFA have sanctioned the Bolivian FA for fielding an ineligible player in the qualifiers against Peru and Chile.
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Bolivia sanction sees Argentina drop out of WC play-off place

Bolivia have been stripped of the four World Cup qualifying points they gained from a 2-0 victory over Peru and a goalless draw with Chile as punishment for fielding an ineligible player, FIFA said on Tuesday.

Cabrera played for Paraguay

FIFA awarded Peru and Chile 3-0 victories in the matches last month after Nelson Cabrera played for Bolivia despite being ineligible having previously represented Paraguay.

Bolivia, who were also fined 12,000 Swiss francs ($12,000), remain second-last in the 10-team South American qualifying standings.

Argentina lose out

The top four qualify automatically for the 2018 tournament in Russia and the fifth-placed team go into a playoff. The ruling sees Argentina slip to sixth place and currently out of the play-off spot.