The World governing body, FIFA, has slammed a heavy fine on Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player against Algeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The disciplinary committee of the body in a statement on Tuesday fined Nigeria CHF 6,000 (N2.17 million).
The Committee said in a statement released on Tuesday that the sanction was for the match between Algeria and Nigeria on November 10, 2017.
The match, according to the committee, has been awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria.
The statement partly read, “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.
“This sanction bears 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.”
Nigeria’s points in the group stage, due to the sanction, dropped from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.