World football governing body FIFA has sanctioned Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player in Shehu Abdullahi in their final FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers tie against Algeria on the 10th of November 2017 in Constantine.
Abdullahi, who got fielded in the match, ought to have served the automatic one-match suspension as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition.
It doesn't affect the African qualifiers for next year's finals, as Nigeria had already booked their place for Russian Federation before the Algeria match.
According to the statement, the 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. FIFA's decision will not affect the country's qualification for the World Cup, as they had already secured a spot in Russian Federation before the Algeria match.
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"To be fair to them, throughout the qualifying series, official match documents didn't even show that Shehu Abdullahi was on a yellow card".
FIFA also fined the Nigeria Football Federation 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,162, 923) for the development.
Also, on the Group B qualification log, there is an insignificant change as Algeria still maintain their position at the base of the log, but now with four points, and Gernot Rohr's men are unshaken at the summit, but with 13 points, five better than then-close contender Zambia.
"We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria", Pinnick told NFF media.
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"This is a grave error and somebody must be punished", Olajire quoted the NFF boss as saying in a statement on Tuesday.
"The Technical Committee will henceforth play serious superintending role on all details, no matter how minute, in technical matters".
Ladipo said: "It's disheartening that this could happen in a big country like Nigeria; it is a shame and an embarrassment that the NFF could not tidy up their end".
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