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FIFA fines Nigeria over MKO stadium fracas

World soccer ruling body, FIFA, has imposed a 150,000 Swiss Franc (about 154,128.75 USD) fine on Nigeria following the unruly behaviour of the fans at the end of the second leg Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off between the Super Eagles and Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola Stadium on March 29.

There was a reported break of law and order after the ill-fated 1-1 draw encounter as the Black Stars edged Nigeria out of the Qatar 2022 race on the away goals rule.

In a dispatch by FIFA, the body’s Disciplinary Committee decried the poor organisation of the match for lack of order and security at the match, adding there was ‘failure to implement existing safety rules and failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play and throwing of objects’.

Apart from the 150,000 CHF fine, Nigeria will play its next home match without fans.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw in March  by the Black Stars of Ghana at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, ending their hopes of qualifying for the seventh World Cup in Qatar.

The 60,000-capacity stadium was jam-packed with fans and supporters.

Hundreds trooped to the pitch after the game, vandalising property.

Today/Writing by Tina Oyinsan