Liverpool have escaped expulsion from the EFL Cup after fielding an ineligible player against Milton Keynes Dons. In the EFL Cup Third Round, Liverpool introduced Pedro Chirivella as a 63rd-minute substitution.

But the Spanish midfielder was ineligible because Liverpool had not completed an international transfer certificate. Chirivella needed one of these to be cleared to play after spending last season on loan at Extremadura.

As a result of Chirivella’s inclusion in the cup, Liverpool were threatened with expulsion for this season. However, the EFL ruled that the Reds should instead pay a £200,000 fine (£100,000 suspended).

Manny Omoyinmi costs West Ham

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This prompted West Ham fans to take a trip down memory lane and recall the events of 20 years ago. In December 1999, Harry Redknapp put Manny Omoyinmi on as an extra-time substitute as West Ham beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the Worthington Cup.

However, Aston Villa lodged a complaint as Omoyinmi had already played for Gillingham in the same tournament. The Nigeria-born striker was on loan with the Gills earlier that season. The tie was replayed and – of course – West Ham lost. Here are some fans thinking back to 1999 after the EFL’s Liverpool ruling.

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