The World soccer ruling body ( FIFA) has slammed Nigeria with a heavy fine due to the unruly behaviour of fans during the second leg of the Qatar 2022, World Cup Playoffs round against the Black Stars of Ghana.
According to aljazeera, the ruling body issued a raft of sanctions worldwide after studying dozens of cases from World Cup qualifying games played since the start of the year. Nigeria was given a one-game stadium closure and fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($153,000) after fans invaded the pitch in Abuja following their playoff defeat by Ghana.
The match which was played at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja saw fans encroaching the field after Ghana held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw. The draw meant the Super Eagles was eliminated from the football tournament, while Ghana progressed, the outcome came as shock to many and made irate fans invade the pitch and vandalised properties after the game.
Consequently, t the Super Eagles’ CAF African Nations Cup qualifier game against Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in June will be played behind closed doors