Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

FIFA fine Nigeria, Senegal and others for fan disorder.

World Football governing body FIFA, has sanctioned some countries for fan disorder during the just concluded World Cup Qualifiers.

FIFA fined Senegal’s soccer Federation 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) fine on Monday for fan misconduct at a World Cup playoff game, including shining laser pointers at Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the penalty shootout.

The Egyptian captain’s face was a blur of green light when he was about to take his penalty, which he blasted over the bar.

Senegal picked the ticket to World Cup after winning the shootout in Dakar in March with Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio ManĂ© scoring the decisive spot kick.

The disciplinary committee of FIFA examined the 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 will be playing a future game behind closed doors.

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.

NIGERIAN was punished with a 150,000 Swiss francs ($154,000) fine and one-game stadium closure. Fans invaded the field in Abuja and there were other incidents of disorder after Nigeria was eliminated at home by Ghana in their playoff.

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.

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.

Adapted from Marca

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is an entertainment and football lover, promoter, analyst and writer. He aspires to make a name in the media company. He is the CEO of Soccercruz (News site, Podcast, Radio and Television). email:, phone number: +2348063046744.

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