FIFA fines Nigeria N64 million over Abuja stadium violence


The world soccer governing body, Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), has imposed a USD154,128.75 (N64 million) fine on Nigeria over the unruly behaviour of fans during the second leg Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off between the Super Eagles and Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on March 29.

Spectators in violent manner invaded the pitch and destroyed some of the facilities immediately after the final whistle.

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The unmannered behaviour of the spectators was as a result of Ghana edging Nigeria out of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification on away goals rule.

The match ended 1-1 but the two had earlier played out a barren draw in the first leg in Ghana.

Video clips which emerged from the stadium showed how angry fans invaded the field and damaged facilities.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee said there was a lack of order and security at the match venue.

The disciplinary overview document stated that there was a “failure to implement existing safety rules and failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play and throwing of objects.”

Apart from the USD154,128.75 fine, Nigeria will also play its next home match without fans.

Many other countries were also sanctioned for various infractions during the World Cup qualifiers.

According to the document, the decisions were based on the specific circumstances of each case, adding that some of the decisions may be subject to appeal.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is yet to react to the sactions.


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