LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Cape Verde is challenging FIFA at sport's highest court to replace Tunisia in the World Cup playoffs.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the Cape Verdean Football Association has appealed against FIFA's ruling to award Tunisia a 3-0 victory by default in a decisive group match in September. Cape Verde won 2-0 but selected an ineligible player.
Tunisia advanced instead and drew 0-0 with Cameroon on Oct. 13 in the first leg of a playoff to decide which team advances to the World Cup in Brazil.
CAS says the appeal requests FIFA to nullify that result, cancel the second leg on Nov. 17 and reinstate Cape Verde to play Cameroon.
The court says FIFA refused to agree to fast-track the process. No hearing date has been set.