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2022 World Cup: FIFA announces punishment for Nigeria, Senegal

Mohamed Salah vs Senegal

FIFA on Monday, announced that Senegal have been fined $180,000 for fan disorder, during their 2022 World Cup playoff match with Egypt.

The supporters shone laser pointers at Mohamed Salah during the penalty shootout.

Salah’s face was a blur of vivid green light when he prepared to take his penalty, which he blasted over the bar.

Senegal went on to win the shootout in Dakar in March with Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane scoring the decisive spot kick.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee also looked into a pitch invasion by Senegal fans, an offensive banner and the national federation’s “failure to ensure that law and order are maintained in the stadium.”

Senegal was also ordered to play a future competitive game in an empty stadium.

The FIFA disciplinary panel also judged dozens of similar cases from World Cup qualifying games played since January and handed out several other fines and stadium closures.

Nigeria was punished with a $154,000 fine and one-game stadium closure. Fans invaded the field in Abuja and there were other incidents of disorder after Nigeria was eliminated at home by Ghana in their playoff.

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