World Football governing body FIFA, has published a disciplinary overview of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifiers which ended in March early this year, but has not given any instructions for a replay of the game that pitted Algeria against Cameroon in Blida, as requested by the two-time African Champions.
The Algerian national football team was rather sanctioned by FIFA, with a fine of 3,000 USD for “throwing of objects and lighting of fireworks” by fans in the very game in Blida.
The 2019 AFCON winners were hoping the March 29 game would be replayed. They had raised concerns about Gambian referee Bakary Gassama’s officiating during the match, which they considered biased.
Algeria failed to qualify for the World Cup in the Blida fixture against Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions clinched the spot on the away goals rule, after defeating the Desert Foxes at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium 2-1, following a 0-1 loss back home.
As it stands, FIFA has not yielded to the demands made by Algeria, as well as Egypt who had lodged a similar complaint after missing out on the Qatar World Cup in their qualifier against Senegal.
The Pharaohs have also been handed a fine of 6,000 USD for team misconduct.
Besides the financial sanctions suffered, especially by Senegal (175,000 USD), Nigeria (150,000 USD), and DR Congo (125,000 USD), the three will each play a match without spectators.
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