FIFA fines Nigeria $154,000 for fans encroachment in Abuja against Ghana during 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The Federation of International Football Association(FIFA) has officially sanctioned the Nigerian Football Federation for fans’ misbehavior against Ghana in Abuja during the 2022 World Cup playoff second leg at the Moshood Abiola sports stadium.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup after being held to a 1-1 draw game in Abuja following a Thomas Partey goal for Ghana.

After the match on March 29 at the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abuja, home fans who were disappointed with the results invaded the pitch after the match, causing lots of mayhem. FIFA has imposed one game ban on the fans, meaning Nigeria would have to play behind closed doors after being found guilty of breaching Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

In its ruling, FIFA cited “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” as the incident for which the punishment is being served on Nigeria.

Nigeria has accordingly been fined CHF 150 000 (154,098.90 United States Dollar), in addition to one game to be played without fans at the stadium.