Following Nigeria's 2022 World Cup playoff loss to Ghana on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied allegations that the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja has been banned by FIFA.
After Ghana's 1-1 draw with the Super Eagles in the second leg of the playoff, the VAR machines at the Abuja stadium were allegedly stolen, according to the NFF.
Irate fans desecrated the MKO Stadium on Tuesday night after Nigeria was denied a place in the 2022 World Cup by Ghana.
Following the final whistle, fans descended on the pitch and destroyed property on the ground.
The stadium was reportedly prohibited by FIFA, according to reports on the internet.
However, in a statement made on Friday, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi stated that the report that has been circulating on social media is false.
"We are concerned about the recent influx of false stories, sometimes known as fake news, primarily on social media. The allegations that the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja has been banned by FIFA for an indefinite period of time are false. "
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 sort occurred. According to the statement, Sebastian Runge, FIFA's Head of Technology, returned the VAR equipment to the FIFA office in Zurich, Switzerland.