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Liverpool avoid being thrown out of EFL Cup for fielding ineligible player

The Reds have been fined £200,000 but retain their place in the fourth round.

Pedro Chirivella was not registered to feature against MK Dons.
Pedro Chirivella was not registered to feature against MK Dons.
Image: Joe Giddens

LIVERPOOL HAVE AVOIDED being kicked out of the Carabao Cup as the Reds were fined £200,000 for fielding an ineligible player in a match against MK Dons last week. 

Pedro Chirivella played in that match, a 2-0 Liverpool win, despite having not received international clearance. 

The EFL imposed a penalty of £200,000 on the Champions League winners, of which £100,000 will be suspended until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

In a statement, the EFL announced: “Following a comprehensive review of all the evidence, the board determined that it was not appropriate to expel the club from the competition because of a number of mitigating factors.

“In particular, the board noted that the club had sought the assistance of the Football Association in securing the return of the international clearance prior to the start of this season.

“The club had been able to include the player on team sheets for Premier League Two matches (under Premier League rules), which resulted in the breach not being identified until the club reported the issue to the EFL and Premier League following the MK Dons match.”

Liverpool’s reward for their victory at Stadium MK is a fourth-round tie against Arsenal, who will visit Anfield in late October. 

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