The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said it would appeal the world football governing body’s fine of $30,800 fine levied on the country for alleged crowd invasion during the Super Eagles-Indomitable Lions of Cameroon match at Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in September.
Furthermore, the NFF has also embarked on a campaign to ensure football fans abide by the rules governing the game during Saturday’s encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the same location.
NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi said yesterday that the campaign has begun already and it will help to educate the security personnel on the means to ensure the fans do not encroach on the field even at the blast of the final whistle.
Sanusi said: “We are not happy that FIFA is imposing a fine on us over fans encroachment onto the field of play. To avoid the repeat of such ugly development, an enlightenment campaign is now ongoing to educate the security men that would be on duty during our match against Zambia. We are going to ensure that all aspects of the spectators are enlightened. That fine is no small money”.
The national football body scribe disclosed that they will appeal the fine, stating on that there are indication that nothing of that kind happened while the match was on.
Sanusi also said the NFF has sent to Zurich the file footage of the match as evidence. “We were surprised at the fine”, he stated.
FIFA held that: “Nigeria was fined for improper conduct among spectators (pitch invasion by supporters and invasion of restricted areas by supporters [other than the pitch]) during the game against Cameroon. The offence violates articles 65 and 67 of the FDCFIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations guiding the qualifiers.”
Also Zambia got $7,000 fine, however a light one, for its fans misbehavior during the qualifying match against Algeria in September.
FIFA submitted that Zambia has fallen short of a proper conduct among its spectators (throwing objects), and that such behavior violates articles 65 and 67 of the FDCFIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations.