FIFA fines Nigeria, Senegal over fan disorder at World Cup qualifiers
- Spectators at Senegal vs Egypt had blurred Mohamed Salah's face with green laser lights
- FIFA has fined enegal’s soccer federation 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000)
- In case of Nigeria, FIFA enforced a fine of 150,000 Swiss francs ($154,000)
Senegal and Nigeria's football federations have been ordered to hold their next match after FIFA fined them for fan disorder during a World Cup playoff game. While the former have qualified for Qatar 2022, the latter were knocked out in the third round.
Spectators at the Senegal vs Egypt World Cup playoff game last month had blurred Mohamed Salah's face with green laser lights as he prepared to take his penalty. The 29-year-old missed it. His Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane then scored a decisive spot kick to book a Qatar berth for Senegal, knocking Egypt out of the run.
FIFA, the global body for football, fined Senegal’s soccer federation 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) and said that its disciplinary committee also looked into a pitch invasion by fans as an offensive banner and the national federation’s “failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium.”
Congo and Lebanon were the other team federations facing punishment. FIFA imposed fines of 125,000 Swiss francs ($128,000) and 100,000 Swiss francs ($103,000) on the two respectively. They will also have to serve one-game stadium closures.
Discrimination by fans of Chile and Colombia at their home games, plus other offenses, resulted in total fines of 95,000 Swiss francs ($98,000) and 55,000 Swiss francs ($56,500), respectively.