Nigeria has been fined 150,000 Swiss Francs (about NGN63,996,216.90) by FIFA for a pitch invasion during a 2022 World Cup qualification match against Ghana.
Nigeria was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup after a 1–1 draw on home soil, resulting in Ghana’s progression through the aggregate.
Angry supporters suspected of being hoodlums swarmed the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, where the match was held, after being dissatisfied with the outcome. They destroyed a number of institutions and injured a number of people.
The reason for the sanctions was “order and security at matches (failure to implement existing safety rules and failure to ensure that law and order is maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play, and throwing of objects,” according to a statement on the world football governing body’s official website.
FIFA retaliated by fining Nigeria and requiring the country to play a match without spectators.
“In keeping with FIFA’s zero-tolerance attitude against discrimination and violence in football, a number of member associations have been sanctioned as a result of the abusive behavior of their respective supporters,” according to the statement.
Last month, the Senate summoned the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare; NFF President, Amaju Pinnick; and other entities involved in the MKO Abiola Stadium’s maintenance to assess the degree of the damage to the stadium’s amenities.
The senators also asked the Senate Committee on Sports and Youth Development to look into the long-term and short-term causes of Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, despite a massive investment from the government, individuals, and corporations.