FIFA punishes Senegal for fan disorder, lasers at Salah


FIFA on Monday fined the Senegalese football federation 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) for the disorder of fans during a World Cup playoff match, including shining laser pointers on Egyptian star Mohamed Salah in the penalty shootout.

Salah’s face was a blur of bright green light as he prepared to take his penalty, which he tossed over the bar. Senegal won the shootout in Dakar in March with Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane scoring the decisive spot-kick.

FIFA said its disciplinary committee also looked into a pitch invasion by Senegalese fans, an offensive banner and “the national federation’s failure to guarantee the maintenance of public order in the stadium”.

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

FIFA’s disciplinary panel has also tried dozens of similar cases in World Cup qualifying matches played since January and imposed several other fines and stadium closures.

Nigeria was fined 150,000 Swiss francs ($154,000) and closed a stadium for one match. Fans swarmed the pitch in Abuja and there were further incidents of disorder after Nigeria were knocked out at home by Ghana in their qualifier.

FIFA has imposed fines of 125,000 Swiss francs ($128,000) on Congo and 100,000 Swiss francs ($103,000) on Lebanon in similar cases in matches against Morocco and Syria, respectively. Both got stadium closures for one game.

The discrimination of Chile and Colombia fans in their home games, along with other violations, resulted in total fines of 95,000 Swiss francs (98,000 USD) and 55,000 Swiss francs (56,500 USD), respectively.

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