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FIFA fines Senegal for fan disorder, Laser pointers at Salah

Lasers pointed at Egypt’s Mohammed Salah before a penalty shootout during the 2022 World Cup playoff against Senegal

World Football body, FIFA, on Monday fined Senegal 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) for fan disorder and laser pointers at Mohammed Salah during the penalty shootout at their World Cup playoff match against Egypt star Mohamed Salah.

Apart from the fine, FIFA has ordered the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations champions to play one of their home games without spectators.

Earlier in March, Salah stepped up to take a spot-kick against the Teranga Lions but was covered in laser pointers from fans, with the Liverpool star shooting wide from the post, whereas, club teammate, Sadio Mané, converted the decisive goal that saw the home side qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

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In January, Egypt had lost the final of the 33rd AFCON to Senegal after a penalty shootout.

Senegal were also fined for failing to implement safety precautions at the stadium, the display of an inappropriate message, among other offences, which violated Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

“Order and security at matches (failure to implement existing safety rules and failure to 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 not appropriate for a sports events offensive banner -)” FIFA stated.

In a related development, FIFA fined the Democratic Republic of Congo 125,000 Swiss francs ($128,000) for failing to provide “Order and security at matches”, and ordered to play a home game behind closed doors.

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