FIFA Fined NFF N2.1m for Fielding Ineligible Player at World Cup Qualifier
FIFA fined and retrieve three points from Super Eagles for fielding an ineligible player against Algeria but was not enough to stop them from going to the World Cup
FIFA has fined the Nigeria Football Federation 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,177,280) for handling an ineligible player in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match.
The disciplinary advisory group of the body in an announcement on Tuesday said the three-time African champions played Shehu Abdullahi who was ineligible for the qualifier against Algeria on November 10, 2017.
The advisory group granted 3-0 for Algeria, with the NFF likewise accepting a fine of CHF 6,000 (about $6,045.30).
The announcement peruses, “The endorse identifies with the player Abdullahi Shehu neglecting to serve the programmed one-coordinate suspension forced on him because of accepting an alert in two separate matches of a similar rivalry.
“This sanction bears no effect on the last consequence of the preparatory rivalry for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had officially qualified before the match occurred.”
The statement reads, “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.”
Because of the sanction, Nigeria’s points in the group stage dropped from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.