Soccer-Bolivia stripped of World Cup qualifying points by FIFA


Nov 1 (Reuters) - 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.

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.

The top four qualify automatically for the 2018 tournament in Russia and the fifth-placed team go into a playoff.

($1 = 0.9788 Swiss francs) (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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