Ghana fined by FIFA for pitch invasion during World Cup qualifier

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been hit with a 5,000 Swiss Francs fine by FIFA for misconduct that occurred during the World Cup qualifier against Madagascar at the Baba Yara Stadium on November 17, 2023.

The fine stems from two violations of the FIFA Disciplinary Code: first, the presence of an intruder on the pitch after the game-winning goal by Inaki Williams, and second, the presence of unauthorized and unaccredited individuals within the restricted area who joined the players in celebrating the goal.

While commending the security team for their handling of the situation, FIFA highlighted the need for stricter access control and improved internet facilities at the stadium.

This marks the second time in recent years Ghana has been penalized for fan encroachment during matches. In 2019, CAF fined the GFA $10,000 for a similar incident during a Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa.

The Black Stars secured a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to Williams’ late strike. The GFA is expected to take steps to address the identified shortcomings at the Baba Yara Stadium to avoid further sanctions in the future.