Abuja Fans Disruption: NFF Awaits Punishment As FIFA Concludes Investigation
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By Virus Michael
Nigeria have been in the spotlight since their 2022 World Cup qualification hopes were dashed by the Black Stars of Ghana after they grabbed the sole ticket in their return leg play-off match in Abuja Tuesday.
Although the match have come and gone, the outcome, however still vibrates across the globe as football enthusiasts are etching to know how severe world football governing body, FIFA World sanction the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF following crowd’s violence at the end of the match.
NFF could face stiffer sanctions from FIFA after crowd trouble marred the end of their 2022 World Cup play-off against Ghana at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja
Home fans reacted angrily after the Super Eagles were eliminated from qualifying on the away goals rule following a 1-1 draw in Abuja on Tuesday night.
The Ghanaian players and staff were pelted with water bottles from the stands as they left the pitch at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, and Nigeria supporters then invaded the pitch, destroying facilities.
The crowd had overturned and damaged two dugouts before tear gas was used and police hit out at fans with batons.
FIFA told BBC Sport Africa it is analysing official match reports, and will then decide if action will be taken against the NFF.
“The relevant information included in the match reports will be evaluated by the competent disciplinary bodies before deciding on the next steps to be taken,” a Fifa statement added.
Report emerged on Thursday that FIFA had indefinitely banned Nigeria from hosting international matches at the newly renovated Moshood Abiola National Stadium turf but keen observers believe that with investigation set to be concluded, Nigeria should be in for hefty sanctions.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria government behave set up a panel to investigate the cause of the pandemonium at the Stadium. Nigeria’s sports ministry set up the committee on Thursday.