Nigeria fined for overcrowding at AFCON qualifier against Egypt
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding at its 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Kaduna against Egypt.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fine is one of several sanctions handed out by CAF’s Disciplinary Committee.
An estimated 40,000 fans had taken over the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, which was designed to hold just 16,000 spectators, as the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Egypt.
Nigeria were also warned of further sanctions if similar incidents occur.
Egypt were fined the same amount for the “excessive use of lasers’’ in the return leg against Nigeria in Cairo four days later.
DR Congo, Sudan, Comoros, The Gambia and Kenya were also sanctioned.
Kenya were fined 10,000 dollars for “players severely contesting referee decisions, supporters throwing stones and police having to use tear gas to disperse crowd’’.
The incidents happened as they lost 0-1 in Nairobi in a Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau on March 23.
The committee also issued a warning about the “security measures in CAF matches’’ and that in the case of similar incidents, the team may have to play on neutral territory.
A few days earlier, when Guinea Bissau beat the visiting Kenyans 1-0, ball boys had invaded the pitch.
The Guinea Bissau federation was consequently given a warning letter to respect the rules and reinforce security.
There was also a warning letter for Comoros after a spectator got onto the pitch during their 1-0 win over Botswana in a Nations Cup tie.
A spectator also got onto the pitch as DR Congo beat Angola 2-1 on March 26, and objects were also thrown on the pitch too.
As a result, the Congolese authorities were fined 5,000 dollars.
CAF has however warned that the amount would double if the team is found guilty of similar offences in upcoming matches.
The Gambia and Sudan will have to pay 5,000 dollars for the throwing of missiles, including stones, during their 2017 matches against Mauritania and Ivory Coast respectively.
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