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FIFA punishes Senegal for fan disorder, lasers at Mohamed Salah during World Cup playoff game

Salah's face was blurred with a vivid green light when he prepared to take his penalty, which he blasted over the bar.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 2 May 2022 9:19 pm

Highlights
  • A shining laser was pointed at Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the penalty shootout during a World Cup playoff match. An offensive banner targetted at Salah was also spotted among the crowd.
  • Consequently, Senegal's football federation has been fined 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000).

FIFA has reportedly fined Senegal’s football federation 175,000 Swiss francs ($180,000) on Monday for fan disorder at a World Cup playoff game, including a shining laser pointer at Egypt star Mohamed Salah in the penalty shootout. Salah’s face was blurred with a vivid green light when he prepared to take his penalty, which he blasted over the bar.

However, Senegal went on to win the shootout in Dakar in March, with Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane scoring the decisive spot-kick. FIFA, in its statement, stated that 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.”

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

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

FIFA imposed fines of 125,000 Swiss francs ($128,000) on Congo and 100,000 Swiss francs ($103,000) on Lebanon in similar cases at games against Morocco and Syria, respectively. Both got one-game stadium closures. Discrimination by fans of Chile and Colombia at their home games, plus other offences, resulted in total fines of 95,000 Swiss francs ($98,000) and 55,000 Swiss francs ($56,500), respectively.

As per reports, Md. Salah will eventually quit his financial demands to renew his contract with Liverpool for the longest period. Notably, Salah is the leading goal scorer in the English Premier League for the current season, with 19 goals ahead of his closest rivals, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota, the Red’s stars with 12 goals.

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