The FIFA governing body has fined Nigeria’s football leaders $150,000 for the invasion of supporters at the MKO Abiola stadium after the match against Ghana. Nigeria’s World Cup hopes were dashed last month when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ghana in their play-off second leg. The Super Eagles played to a scoreless draw in Kumasi in the first leg in the hopes of advancing to the next round, but they were eliminated.
Angry fans stormed the pitch after the match and demolished a few buildings nearby.
Officials from FIFA were apparently not pleased with the way the NFF chiefs failed to control the crowd at the stadium, as reported by Complete Sports.
Failure to adhere to existing safety rules and failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium, invasion of the playing field, and the throwing of objects have all been cited in FIFA’s statement on Nigeria.
FIFA also decreed that the match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone be played in secret.