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March 29 Abuja stadium violence: FIFA slams Nigeria with N63.9m fine

FIFA also ordered the country to play their next international match behind closed doors.

World football governing body (FIFA) on Monday fined Nigeria CHF150,000 (N63.9 million) following the fans violence that occurred at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on March 29, 2022 after Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA also ordered the country to play their next international match behind closed doors.

FIFA which announced this, however, gave the country room for appeal.

Persecondnews recalls that scores of disgruntled fans had broken into the pitch, destroying the technical area and pelting the VIP section of the stadium with pure water satche and other objects after Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw against Ghana, which saw the Super Eagles crash out of their final playoffs for the 2022 World Cup on the away goal rule.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, in their summary jurisdiction over incidents that occurred during the World Cup qualifiers, delivered the sanctions in a letter updated on April 28.

According to FIFA, Nigeria’s fines were a result of failure to implement “Order and security at matches (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).”

The violence, according to FIFA, breached Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

A total of 49 countries were either fined or warned by FIFA for misconduct during the qualifiers.

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