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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Sanctioned By Disciplinary Committee

Unic Press UK: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has sanctioned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over using an ineligible player during the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup.

The sanction imposed on the NFF is in relation to the match between Algeria and Nigeria, which was played on 10 November 2017, in which the Nigerian team fielded Abdullahi Shehu, who was at the time yet 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”.

“The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000,” FIFA also said on its website. The match had ended 1-1 on 10 November 2017.

The outcome of the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee did not jeopardize Nigeria’s qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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