Liverpool avoid Carabao Cup expulsion and land fine

Date published: Wednesday 2nd October 2019 6:14

Jurgen Klopp, Pedro Chirivella TEAMtalk

Liverpool have avoided expulsion from the Carabao Cup after fielding an ineligible player in the win over MK Dons.

The EFL opened an investigation, as first reported by The Athletic, into the eligibility of 22-year-old Pedro Chirivella, who was a second-half sub in the 2-0 win over the MK Dons.

Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes to his side for the League Cup third-round tie last week, but it emerged over the weekend that Chirivella, who came on for Naby Keita with just 27 minutes remaining, did not have sufficient international clearance.

The EFL have decided to impose a £200,000 fine on the club, £100,000 of which will be suspended until the end of next season.

The EFL statement read: “The circumstances leading to this breach are that Liverpool FC had not received international clearance for their existing contracted registered player, Pedro Chirivella Burgos, on expiry of his loan agreement last Season with Spanish club Extremadura Union Deportiva.

“Following a comprehensive review of all the evidence, the Board determined that it wasn’t 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, and the Club had been able to include the player on team sheets for Premier League Two matches (under Premier League Rules) and one Leasing.com Trophy match, 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.

“As a result, the Club has also been found guilty of misconduct in relation to the same breach for having fielded the player in the defeat against Oldham Athletic in the Leasing.com Trophy on 7 August, with the sanction incorporated into the financial penalty.”

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