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Gambia fined for letting Gabonese team sleep on airport



The Gabonese delegation at Banjul airport, Gambia sleeping on the airport floor

Gambia was fined $100,000 for the unsporting reception concurred to the meeting Gabonese national team in November.

Gabon were in the west African nation for a 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

In its decision published on Tuesday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) criticized the hosts for resistance “with the loyalty, Integrity and sportsmanship values and rules of Fair Play”.

“The Disciplinary Board decided to impose upon the Gambian federation a fine of 100.000 USD (One Hundred Thousand US Dollars) of which 50.000 USD (Fifty Thousand US Dollars) are suspended on the condition that the federation is not found guilty of a similar offense within a period of twenty-four (24) months”, read part of the decision.

The Gabon designation were advised they were not permitted to leave the air terminal due to an authoritative issue and had to rest on the floor prior to being permitted to leave in the morning after government intercession.

The episode collected worldwide consideration after Arsenal skipper and Gabon global Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tweeted about it

Gabon lost the tie 2-1.

Gambia and Gabon are in drawn in Group D along with Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

CAF also fined the Gabonese football federation $10,000 for ‘offensive and degrading material that undermines the honor and image of the Confederation of African Football’ published by Aubameyang.


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