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Nigeria Fined For Disobeying The FIFA Rules

Nigeria fined for disobeying the FIFA rules

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee had on Tuesday announced that Nigeria was forfeiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Africa Zone Final Qualifying Group B match against Algeria in Constantine played on Nov. 10.

The match in Constantine(Algeria) originally ended in a 1-1 draw but that has now been overturned and Algeria awarded a 3-0 win.

The sanction does not affect Nigeria’s World Cup qualification as they had already clinched a place in Russia before the Algeria tie.

Abdullahi Shehu played the whole match against Algeria even though he should have been suspended for picking up yellow cards in two previous qualifiers. The defender was cautioned in the Super Eagles 1-0 win over Zambia in October that sealed Nigeria’s spot in Russia, having been shown a yellow card in the first leg of their second-round tie against Swaziland in November 2015.

The Nigeria Football Federation has also been fined US$6,000 for the oversight.

It means that Nigeria still finishes top of Group B but with 13 points instead of 14 while Algeria’s total at the bottom is now four rather than 2 points.

Nigeria Football Federation started its activities on the issue

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday said it has started looking into the issues which led to Nigeria being sanctioned by world football ruling body FIFA. The federation, in a statement by its Communications Department, said First Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi has been named the head of a four-man panel to unravel the issues behind the slip.

The NFF said Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau and Felix Anyansi-Agwu are other members of the panel, with Mohammed Saidu, Chairman of Sokoto State Football Association, to serve as member/secretary.

The world football ruling body had said this was as a result of Nigeria’s use of ineligible defender Shehu Abdullahi in the encounter.

“The Committee has two weeks to submit its report. “It has the responsibility of thoroughly investigating how the slip came about and those who were responsible, recommend appropriate sanctions and also make other recommendations that will forestall this kind of error in the future,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick had said.