Ghana Risks FIFA Sanctions, World Cup 2026 Qualifiers

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FIFA has imposed a penalty of five thousand Swiss francs on Ghana for violating Articles 17 and 58 of the organization’s Disciplinary Code, as outlined in an official press release from the international football governing body. The breach is associated with an incident that occurred during Ghana’s 2026 World Cup qualifier against Madagascar at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Friday, November 17, 2023.

The incident in question was marked by the unauthorised presence of an intruder on the pitch, as well as a group of unaccredited people inside the reserved perimeter. Some of these unauthorised individuals even joined the players in celebrating Inaki Williams’ decisive goal in the dying moments of the match.

Recognizing the efficient response of the security services, FIFA suggested that the stadium management improve its Internet facilities. Ghana emerged victorious in the match with a 1-0 score, thanks to a late goal from striker Inaki Williams.

It’s important to highlight that this is not the initial penalty for the country. In November 2019, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) levied a fine of ten thousand US dollars (USD 10,000) for a similar incident related to unauthorized entry onto the pitch.


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