⚽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 3⃣-time African champions fielded Shehu Abdullahi who was ineligible for the qualifier 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.
Readers will be relieved to note that FIFA clarified that this sanction has 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.
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