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FIFA sanctions Nigeria over Abuja stadium invasion by fans

By Suoyo Ekubo 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been sanctioned by FIFA over the stampede that occurred at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja after the country failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

This was contained in a disciplinary report published by the world football governing body on Monday morning, the report stated that Nigeria was found guilty of not “implementing 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 also handed Nigeria a fine of CHF 150,000 and a one-match behind closed doors.

Recall, some angry fans invaded the pitch and vandalised some of the stadium’s facilities after the Super Eagles lost the 2022 World Cup ticket to Ghana.

Joseph Kabungo, the Zambian who was the Confederation of African Football (CAF) doping control officer for the match, was said to have lost his life during the chaos.

The NFF would later clarify that the CAF official died from cardiac arrest which it said had nothing to do with the violence that ensued after the match.

Sunday Dare, minister of sports and youth development, also announced the constitution of two separate committees to investigate the incident with the panels’ findings yet to be made public.

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