FIFA slams N63.9 million fine on Nigeria over Abuja stadium violence


Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has imposed a fine of N63.9 million on Nigeria over the violence that occurred at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, after a World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Ghana on March 29.

The world football governing body disclosed this on Monday in a statement released by its disciplinary committee.

The statement contains all disciplinary sanctions imposed by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for all football related misconduct in the competitions preceding the 2022 World Cup.

The statement reads:
“In line with FIFA zero-tolerance stance against discrimination and violence in football, a number of member associations have been punished due to the abusive behaviour by their respective supporters”.

In an attached document, 36 countries, including Nigeria, were fined for various forms of misconduct.

According to the, document Nigeria was charged with violating Article 16 of the FIFA disciplinary code, which provides for order and security at matches. gathered that Nigeria was blamed for failing 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.

The offence however breached Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee regulations. According to the statement.

As part of the sanction, Nigeria will also have to play one football match without spectators.

Recall on March 29, angry spectators stormed the pitch at the MKO Abiola stadium after a match between Nigeria and Ghana ended in a draw.

Ghana however qualified on away goals, and Nigerian fans been provoked, vandalised the stadium’s facilities in protest of the outcome.


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