BREAKING: FIFA fines Nigeria for fielding ineligible player in World Cup qualifier, reduces points to 11
FIFA has fined the Nigeria Football Federation 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,177,280) for fielding an ineligible player in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match.
The disciplinary committee of the body in a statement on Tuesday said the three-time African champions fielded Shehu Abdullahi who was ineligible for the qualifier against Algeria on 10 November 2017.
The committee declared the forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000.
Due to the sanction, Nigeria’s points in the group stage dropped from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.