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FIFA Hammers Nigeria, Deducts Points

… for fielding ineligible player in World Cup qualifier

Nigeria Football Federation has been fined a total of 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,177,280).

According to FIFA, the fine was due to the fact that Nigeria fielded an ineligible player in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match.

Shehu Abdullahi was mentioned by the disciplinary committee of the FIFA, in a statement on Tuesday as being ineligible for the match against Algeria.

The matched was played against Algeria on November 10, 2017.

The committee awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 (about $6,045.30).

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.”

It should be noted that due to the sanction, Nigeria’s points in the group stage dropped from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.

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