FIFA slams Nigeria, Senegal, others over fans’ disorder

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Nigeria vs Ghana at Abuja

FIFA slams Nigeria, Senegal, others over fans’ disorder

Nigeria to pay 154,000 to FIFA

World football-governing body, FIFA, on Monday punished Nigeria with a 150,000 Swiss francs ($154,000) fine and one-game stadium closure over fans’ invasion of the field in Abuja and other incidents of disorder after Nigeria was eliminated at home by Ghana in their playoff.

The FIFA disciplinary panel also judged dozens of similar cases from World Cup qualifying games played since January and handed out several other fines and stadium closures.

FIFA imposed fines of 125,000 Swiss francs ($128,000) on Congo and 100,000 Swiss francs ($103,000) on Lebanon in similar cases at games against Morocco and Syria, respectively. Both got one-game stadium closures.

Besides, it fined Senegal’s soccer federation 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) for fan disorder at a World Cup playoff game, including shining laser pointers at Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the penalty shootout.

Recall that Salah’s face was a blur of vivid green light when he prepared to take his penalty, which he blasted over the bar. Senegal went on to win the shootout in Dakar in March with Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mané scoring the decisive spot kick.

According to AP report, FIFA said its disciplinary committee also looked into a pitch invasion by Senegal fans, an offensive banner and the national federation’s “failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium.”

Senegal was also ordered to play a future competitive game in an empty stadium.

Discrimination by fans of Chile and Colombia at their home games, plus other offenses, resulted in total fines of 95,000 Swiss francs ($98,000) and 55,000 Swiss francs ($56,500), respectively.

 

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