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FIFA fines Nigeria N64 million over violent pitch invasion during Ghana match

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The World football governing body, FIFA, has slammed Nigeria with N64 million (CHF150,000) fine following the violent pitch invasion by angry Nigerians  after the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw to the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

Consequently, Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, also, the Super Eagles’ next home international match will be played behind closed doors as ordered by FIFA.

Recalled that during the Nigeria- Ghana match, thousands of spectators invaded the pitch at the final whistle, destroying the technical area, throwing projectiles, and causing many injuries.

FIFA said the fines were as a result of failure by Nigeria 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.”

Beside Nigeria, 48 other countries were also either fined or warned by FIFA over incidents that occurred during the World Cup qualifying playoff matches.

Nigeria has been given the opportunity to appeal the judgement.

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