FIFA sanctions Senegal to 1 game behind closed doors, hefty fine for game with Egypt

Mahmoud Sheleib , Monday 2 May 2022

The FIFA announced on Monday that its Disciplinary Committee is imposing sanctions on Senegal for its questionable management of the 2022 World Cup qualifier match against Egypt that was played on its soil, hitting the country with a hefty fine.

The light from green laser pointers can be seen on the pitch as Egypt s Mohamed Salah kicks the ball during a penalty shootout at the end of the World Cup 2022. AP


Senegal was hit with a fine of CHF 175,000 ($179,805) and will be playing one match without spectators for failing to preserve order and security.

According to the FIFA, the sanctions were imposed to Senegal’s “failure to implement existing safety rules and ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play, throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks, use of laser pointers, and use of objects to transmit a message that is inappropriate in a sports event.”

The Egyptian team was also hit by a CHF 6,000 ($6,164) fine due to misconduct, imposing individual sanctions on six members.

The Pharaohs lost to the Lions of Teranga on penalties in the play-off game of the final round of the World Cup qualifiers, which took place on Senegal in a game that witnessed much unsportsmanlike behaviour, with Senegalese fans throwing bottles at Egyptian players and using laser pointers to distract them during the penalty shootouts.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) filed a complaint to the FIFA with high hopes of replaying the away game, but in the end, the football organising body decided to impose a financial fine and one match without spectators.

The FIFA also fined Algeria with CHF 3,000 ($3,082) due to throwing objects and lighting fireworks during their game against Cameroon in the same round of the qualifiers, in which the Desert Foxes lost to Cameroon at home to say goodbye to the World Cup finals.

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