Following a crowd disorder during last month’s 2022 World Cup playoffs, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
has ordered African champions Senegal and Nigeria to play one match behind closed doors.
Fans threw laser pointers at Egypt’s Mohamed Salah after
he missed a penalty shootout in the second leg in Dakar, which Senegal won.
Senegal was fined 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) for
a pitch invasion, an offensive banner, and failing to
“ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium.”
After studying dozens of cases from World Cup qualifying games
played since the beginning of the year,
the ruling body issued a slew of sanctions around the world.
Nigeria was fine 150,000 Swiss francs ($153,000) and order to pay restitution.
a one-game stadium closure after fans invaded the pitch in
Abuja following their playoff loss to Ghana.
Following disturbances at games against Morocco and Syria,
the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lebanon both received similar punishments.