One million Swiss francs (about 154,128.75 dollars) has been levied on Nigeria by FIFA, which is in charge of world football.
Also, Nigeria will play its next home game without fans because of a fine of 64 million Naira.
Because of the fans’ unruly behavior after their team’s second-leg Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off game against Ghana on March 29, FIFA fined Nigeria.
There was a break in the law and order after the Black Stars drew Nigeria 1-1. The Black Stars were able to qualify for the Qatar 2022 race on the away goals rule.
This is what the Disciplinary Committee said in a letter sent by FIFA. They said there were problems with the match because there wasn’t enough order or security.
They also said there were problems with people getting into the game field and throwing things.
Besides the 150,000 CHF fine, Nigeria will have to play its next home game without any fans.
Why did FIFA fine Nigeria?
Enraged Nigerian fans invaded the pitch after the Black Stars drew a 1:1 draw with Ghana to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, causing players and officials to flee into the changing room for their life.
The last leg of Nigeria vs Ghana World Cup play-off was place on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022, however thanks to the away goal rule, the Ghanaians stole the ticket from their hosts in dramatic fashion.
On his way to the changing room, FIFA medical officer Dr. Joseph Kabungo experienced a heart arrest and was taken to the hospital, but he died.
Joseph slipped into cardiac arrest during the commotion and was confirmed dead shortly after.
Dr. Joseph Kabungo is a member of the CAF medical committee and the FIFA medical committee. He was the Zambian team medic from 2003 until 2016.
Nigeria was fined $5,000 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in May 2006 for poor crowd control at Kaduna’s Ahmadu Bello Stadium, where the Super Eagles hosted Egypt in a Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier in March.
The organizers of the match allowed nearly 40,000 spectators into a stadium that was only designed to house 25,000.
The Super Eagles and the Pharaohs drew 1-1 in the first encounter, with Egypt defeating Nigeria 1-0 in the rematch to keep the Eagles out of the competition.
Nigeria is fond of all these, it has happened before now and FIFA is not taking it lightly with them. Perhaps, they will learn someday.