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FIFA penalises Falcon’s Njoku

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FIFA said on Monday that it has fined Nigerian defender Ugo Njoku N641, 349 and suspended her for three matches for elbowing Australia striker Sam Kerr in their last match.

The Australian striker suffered a broken jaw from the incident.

The substitute escaped the referee’s sanction for the action in the second half but has now been punished after a post-match video assessment.

FIFA in a statement it said the decision became necessary after asserting the Nigerian’s poor challenge in the game which the Super Falcons lost 2-0 on Friday.

The statement read in part, “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has reached a decision in the case related to Ugo Njoku of Nigeria following an incident that occurred during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 match between Australia and Nigeria played on 12 June 2015,” the statement reads.

“Ugo Njoku has been suspended for three matches and fined CHF 3,000 as well as being issued with a warning by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee after being found to have breached art. 48 par. 1 d) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“The first of the three-match suspension is to be served in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 fixture between Nigeria and USA on 16 June 2015, with the remaining two to be served either at any subsequent matches within the competition or, in the case that Nigeria would be eliminated, at the next official matches of the Nigerian national team in analogous application of art. 38 par. 2 lit. a) of the FDC,” it concluded.

This development means, Njoku will miss Nigeria’s final group D clash against the USA as Edwin Okon’s ladies hope for a win to reach the round of 16.

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