FIFA bans Equatorial Guinea from 2019 Women's World Cup

ZURICH — FIFA has expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women's World Cup for using fake documents and selecting at least 10 ineligible players in its Olympic team.

FIFA says two more Equatorial Guinea players will serve 10-match international bans for using "forged and falsified documents."

The west African nation's soccer federation was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($102,000).

In a previous related case, FIFA banned Equatorial Guinea's women from the 2020 Olympic qualifying program. That decision related to a Brazil-born player.

Further FIFA investigations revealed 10 more ineligible players picked for 2016 Olympic qualifying games.

Equatorial Guinea officials had also appealed against a ban by the Confederation of African Football from the 2018 Women's African Cup of Nations — the qualifying tournament for the 2019 World Cup in France.

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