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Liverpool have avoided being kicked out of the Carabao Cup as the Reds were fined £200,000 for fielding an ineligible player in their third-round tie with Milton Keynes Dons.

Pedro Chirivella played in that match, a 2-0 Liverpool win, despite having not received international clearance after the expiry of his loan last season with Spanish club Extremadura Union Deportiva.

There were fears that the Reds would be expelled from the competition after the EFL opened an investigation into the matter last week.

However, the EFL has ruled that Liverpool would only be fined, not expelled, "because of a number of mitigating factors."

"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," an EFL statement read.

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