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Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA over midfielder Pedro Chirivella

Liverpool blame FA for Carabao Cup gaffe as they face being thrown out for fielding ineligible Pedro Chirivella

  • Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA over Pedro Chirivella
  • They face being expelled from the Carabao Cup for fielding ineligible Spaniard
  • The Reds contend they applied for an international transfer certificate in July
  • But he had not received clearance when he came off the bench at MK Dons
  • The Premier League club are blaming the FA for the administrative oversight
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Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA as they battle to avoid being expelled from the Carabao Cup for fielding an ineligible player in last week’s win over MK Dons.

Sources with experience of the EFL’s disciplinary process have told Sportsmail that in ordinary circumstances expulsion from the competition is the standard sanction for using a player who isn’t eligible, but Liverpool are understood to be pinning the blame on the FA in the hope of being given a lesser punishment. 

Liverpool contend they applied for an international transfer certificate for Pedro Chirivella when he returned to Anfield from a loan spell in Spain with Extremadura last summer, but the 22-year-old had not received clearance when he came off the bench for the final 27 minutes of Liverpool’s third-round victory on Wednesday. 

Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA over midfielder Pedro Chirivella

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Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA over midfielder Pedro Chirivella

Liverpool contend they applied for an international transfer certificate back in July

Liverpool contend they applied for an international transfer certificate back in July

Liverpool contend they applied for an international transfer certificate back in July

The club are blaming the FA for the administrative oversight as they first sought clearance for Chirivella in July, which they will use in mitigation to try to prevent being thrown out of the competition.

The FA’s position is that it is the responsibility of the clubs to make sure all their players are eligible to play.

The FA will assist with the investigation opened by the EFL, who have a range of sanctions available to them from a written warning, a fine to expulsion from the Carabao Cup.

The Spanish midfielder played the final 27 minutes of last week's victory over MK Dons

The Spanish midfielder played the final 27 minutes of last week's victory over MK Dons

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The Spanish midfielder played the final 27 minutes of last week’s victory over MK Dons