• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Abuja stadium VAR equipment was not stolen, returned to FIFA HQ – NFF clarifies

The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has debunked rumors that the Video Assistant Referee, VAR, equipment for Nigeria’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana on March 26 had been stolen.

After the Black Stars drew 1-1 with the Nigerian Super Eagles, crowd violence erupted at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

As a result of the outcome, the Black Stars were able to secure a place in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the expense of their hosts.

The reports were false, according to NFF General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, because the equipment had been returned to FIFA.

“There was also a bizarre claim that the match’s Video Assistant Referee (VAR) equipment had been taken. We initially mistook this for an April Fool’s joke, but it’s concerning that some news organizations are taking it seriously.

“Nothing of the such occurred. Sebastian Runge, FIFA’s Head of Technology, returned the VAR equipment to the FIFA office in Zurich, Switzerland, in good condition.”

“The NFF knows that Nigerians in general were unhappy by the outcome of the match, which prevented the Super Eagles from qualifying for the World Cup,” Sanusi continued.

“Everyone, including ourselves at the Federation, is in a difficult situation.” We do, however, ask that the tendency for half-truths and blatant lies be discouraged. We believe that the current Super Eagles club is still capable of great things.”

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