FIFA Fines NFF N63.9m for Fans Rampage During Nigeria Loss to Ghana at MKO Stadium

Following the Super Eagles loss to the Black Star of Ghana at the Qatar World Cup qualifier match on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, and Nigerian fans going on rampage shortly afterwards, the Fèdèration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) disciplinary committee in a letter dated April 28, 2022, has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) the sum of N63.9m for the unruly behaviour of its fans.

 

The incident, which happened at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja, also led to the death of CAF/FIFA Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Kabungo, who some news reports said died shortly after the match to suspected cardiac arrest, but some other reports said he died before the match in the dressing room.

 

However, according to FIFA, sanctioning NFF was as a result of Nigeria’s failure to implement “Order and security at matches – (failure to implement existing safety rules, failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play, and throwing of objects)”.

While some ex internationals considered the penalty as stiff, some other football lovers are saying such sanctions are necessary to forestall future occurrence.

 

Recall that, the situation at the MKO stadium went beyond control, after the Nigeria/Ghana game went on 1-1 draw, resulting in angry fans destroying public amenities and officials running to safety.

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