Africa-Press – Sierra-Leone. The world football governing body, FIFA, has ordered Nigeria to play their next home game against Sierra Leone behind closed doors and fined them CHF 150,000 (Le213 million) for the trouble their fans caused after their World Cup playoff clash against Ghana.
There was reported break of law and order after the ill-fated 1-1 draw encounter as the Black Stars edged Nigeria out of the Qatar 2022 race on the away goals rule.In a dispatch by FIFA, the body’s Disciplinary Committee decried the poor organisation of the match for lack of order and security at the match, adding there was ‘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’.
FIFA, through its media department, announced on Monday that Nigeria has been fined CHF 150,000 and also ordered to play their next home game without fans.
It means the Super Eagles’ next home game, which is a 2023 Africa Cup Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in June, will have no fans in attendance.However, they can welcome fans back for their next home game against Sao Tome or Mauritius.