Fifa fines Zambia for spectator trouble
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has fined Zambia 7000.00 Swiss Francs (US$7,200.00) in addition to a warning after fans threw objects during the 2018 World Cup qualifier with Algeria played at the National Heroes Stadium on 2nd September, 2017.
According to fifa.com, Zambia has been charged and warned “for improper conduct among spectators (throwing objects [bottles]) as per articles 65 & 67 of the FDC FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations.”
Zambia beat Algeria in the game in question despite going down by a man.
The Chipolopolo were cruising with a 2 – 0 lead by the 33rd minute thanks to a brace by Brian Mwila but the fans were incensed by the sending off of Fashion Sakala for a second bookable offence just after Algeria had pulled one back in the 55th minute.
Enock Mwepu scored an 89th minute goal to seal the victory for Zambia on the day.
In 2013, FIFA again fined Zambia US$10,000 following the hurling of missiles on the pitch by some fans during a Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Jubilant Chipolopolo fans reacted by throwing an assortment of objects which included plastic bottles and empty cans of beer onto the pitch as Zambia thrashed Lesotho 4-0.
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