The FIFA fined the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) for the actions of the team’s fans during games at the World Cup in Brazil, and price per head services called foul after they learned about what they did.
On Thursday, during a 1-1 draw with Russia, a laser was directed into the eyes of goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev as Yacine Brahimi got ready to take a free-kick for Algeria wide on the left, leaving fans and pay per head services shocked, to say the least.
Price per head services then saw that Akinfeev came to palm away the cross but didn’t make contact, and Islam Slimani headed from six yards into an empty net.
That equalising goal was enough to see the Algerian team make it through to the second round for the first time in the club’s history. Russia coach Fabio Capello was disappointed by the use of the laser, and pay per head services can fully understand this.
“He was blinded by the laser beam,” he said.
“There are pictures. You can see that in the footage. This is not an excuse, it is a fact.
“There was a laser. I have never come up with excuses to get by in my entire life.”
A statement that was released on Monday by FAF read: “The Disciplinary Committee of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has condemned the Algerian Football Federation to pay a fine of CHF 50,000 (Swiss francs) and also issued a reprimand against the FAF for inappropriate behaviour of Algerian fans at matches played by the national team at the World Cup.
“The Algerian Football Federation deplores the irresponsible behaviour of some fans and recalls that pyrotechnics and lasers are strictly prohibited in the football grounds.
“FAF launches an appeal to all fans who come to support their national team that they act with civility and have impeccable behaviour when expressing their support for their team.
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“This will prevent a new sanction which, after received blame, could mean a suspension.”
Price per head services were not very happy at all to learn about what Algeria’s fans did, and hope to see swift action taken.