World Cup qualifiers: Senegal to play behind closed doors - FIFA

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The Senegalese national team has been sanctioned by Fifa for incidents that occurred during the second leg of the World Cup 2022 qualifying play-off between Senegal and Egypt (1-0, 3-1 on penalties) in Dakar on 29 March.

The sanction comes with a fine of 175,000 Swiss francs (170,866 euros), FIFA said in a statement on Monday, May 2.

In addition to a general breach of "security rules" and the maintenance of order in the Abdoulaye-Wade stadium in Diamniadio, near Dakar, football's supreme body noted the throwing of objects, the use of lasers and smoke bombs in the stands, and an "offensive" banner.

The Algerian Federation will also have to pay a fine of 3,000 Swiss francs (2,929 euros) for lighting smoke and throwing objects during the Algeria-Cameroon play-off (1-2 a.p.) on 29 March in Blida.

The sanctions do not prejudge a possible sporting decision, however, after Algeria appealed to Fifa to have the match replayed because of the "scandalous refereeing", according to the Algerian Federation, of Gambian Bakary Gassama.

It was the first time that a goal in the last second of extra time by Karl-Toko Ekambi (120th+4th) had put the Fennecs out of the running for a place at the World Cup in Qatar, after they had thought they had secured their ticket to the tournament with a 118th-minute goal.

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