World football body, FIFA, on Monday fined Nigeria CHF150,000 (N63.9m) following violence that occurred at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on March 29, after the country’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA also ordered the country to play their next international match behind closed doors.
This is contained in a letter issued by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee in their summary jurisdiction over incidents that occurred during the World Cup qualifiers.
FIFA who gave room for appeal in a statement on its official website explained the reason for these sanctions as, “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.
“In line with FIFA’s zero-tolerance stance against discrimination and violence in football, a number of member associations have been punished due to the abusive behaviour by their respective supporters.’’
FIFA noted that the violence that occurred after the game breached Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.