Nigeria fined for overcrowding
The Nigeria Football Federation has been fined US$5,000 for overcrowding at its Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna against Egypt on 25 March.
It is one of several sanctions handed out by the Confederation of African Football’s disciplinary committee.
An estimated 40,000 fans took over the stadium in Kaduna designed to hold just 16,000 spectators as the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Egypt.
Nigeria were also warned of further sanctions if similar incidents occur.
Egypt were fined the same amount for the “excessive use of lasers” at the return match against Nigeria in Cairo four days later.
DR Congo, Sudan, Comoros, The Gambia and Kenya were also sanctioned.
Kenya were give a fine of US$10,000 for “players severely contesting referee decisions, supporters throwing stones and police had to use tear gas to disperse crowd.”
The incidents happened as they lost 1-0 in Nairobi in a Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau on 23 March.
The committee also issued a warning about the “security measures in Caf matches” and that in the case of similar incidents, the team may have to play on neutral territory.
A few days earlier when Guinea Bissau beat the visiting Kenyans 1-0 ball boys had invaded the pitch the Guinea Bissau federation were given a warning letter to respect the rules and reinforce security.
There was also a warning letter for Comoros after a spectator got onto the pitch during their 1-0 win over Botswana in a Nations Cup tie.
A spectator also got onto the pitch as DR Congo has they beat Angola 2-1 on 26 March, objects were also thrown on the pitch too for which the Congolese authorities were fined US$5,000.
That amount will double though if the team is found guilty of similar offences in upcoming matches.
The Gambia and Sudan will have to pay US$5,000 for the throwing of missiles, including stones, during their 2017 matches against Mauritania and Ivory Coast respectively.