NFF Set Up 4-man Investigative Panel — FIFA sanction

NFF Set Up 4-man Investigative Panel — FIFA sanction

According to FIFA, Nigeria violated article 8 of the Regulations of the 2018 World Cup Russia and article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for featuring defender Shehu Abdullahi who was ineligible for the encounter.

The concluding match of Group B of the African series for Russian Federation 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw, but FIFA on Tuesday awarded all three points to Algeria following Nigeria's use of ineligible defender Abdullahi Shehu in the encounter.

It means that Nigeria still finish top of Group B but with 13 points instead of 14 while Algeria's total at the bottom is now four rather than two.

Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been named head of a 4-man panel to unravel the issues behind the slip that led to Nigeria forfeiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria in Constantine on 10th November, 2017. Were they not aware that the said player had been cautioned twice before the match? Patrick Paschal, who is the Team Manager should know that the player had two yellow cards and shouldn't have played that game. For instance, when we played Cameroon, Mikel, Moses and Balogun were put on notice that they had yellow cards.

The match, that originally ended in a 1-1 draw, has now been overturned to a 3-0 victory for Algeria.

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This sanction is a result of Abdullahi's failure to serve the automatic one-match ban imposed on him.

He, however, insisted that the incident will neither affect nor distract the federation's laid down plans for the World Cup.

"This is a grave error and somebody must be punished", NFF president Amaju Pinnick said in a statement.

"We apologise to Nigerians for this and assure that this will not in any way derail or even distract us in our well-laid plan to ensure that the Super Eagles have a great outing in Russian Federation".

"We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department".

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