FIFA sanction: Pinnick promises to deal with culprits, directs inquiry

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Following the FIFA hammer that fell on Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick has directed that an investigation should be conducted, and promised to punish whoever that is responsible for the mix up.

The world football governing body on Tuesday docked Nigeria 3 points and also a fine of #2.2m for fielding Shehu Abdulahi, in the last group game of Russia 2018 world cup qualifier against Desert Foxes of Algeria in Constantine.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but FIFA cancelled the result and awarded 3 points and 3 goals to the Algerians.

The outcome of the verdict didn’t affect the country’s qualification, but the football supremo feels the offender should not go scot free.

Pinnick spoke through the Twitter handle of the federation, @thenff.
According to the tweets, “NFF President has directed that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately & persons found culpable be dealt with. “We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary C’ttee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria.

“At the same time, I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist. We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department.

“The Technical C’ttee will henceforth play serious superintending role on all details, no matter how minute, in technical matters. “It is important that all committees and depts at the NFF should move at the same pace as the Executive C’ttee,” said Pinnick .

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