Published on Dec 12, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
The World governing body, FIFA, has punished Nigeria with a heavy fine of CHF 6,000 (N2.17 million) for fielding an ineligible player against Algeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The disciplinary committee of the body in a statement today, Tuesday, said that the fine came on the heels of the match between Algeria and Nigeria on November 10, 2017.
The match, according to the committee, is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000.
“The sanction relates to the player Abdullahi Shehu failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition.
This sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria eliminated) before the match took place,” the statement reads.
Due to the sanction, Nigeria’s points in the group stage will automatically drop from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.
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