FIFA Fines Nigeria, 48 Others For Violence During WCup Qualifiers

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FIFA, the world football governing body, fined and warned 49 countries, including Nigeria, on Monday for various violations during the recently concluded World Cup qualifiers.

Following the country’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Nigeria was fined CHF150,000 (N63.9 million) for vandalism and fan encroachment at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on March 29.

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FIFA also ordered that the country’s next international match against Sierra Leone be played behind closed doors, with the possibility of an appeal.

The sanctions were delivered in a letter updated on April 28 by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, which has summary jurisdiction over incidents that occurred during the World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria was fined by FIFA for failing to implement “Order and security at matches (failure to implement existing safety rules and ensure that law and order is maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play, and throwing of objects),” according to FIFA.

According to FIFA, the violence violated Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

Senegal’s football federation has also been fined $180,000 by FIFA for problems that occurred during the team’s World Cup qualifier match against Egypt.

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Mohamed Salah, Egypt’s captain, missed a clear goal-scoring opportunity from the penalty spot after his vision was blurred by a bright green light directed at his eye by a spectator.

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