Following the poor reception the Gabonese National Team Delegation received at the Banjul Airport in the Gambia, the disciplinary board of the Confederation of African Football sat on Tuesday December 8, 2020 and decided to impose a fine of 100,000 $.
The Gabon National Team traveled to Gambia for a return leg game of the AFCON qualifiers but were poorly treated at the Banjul Airport as they were left stranded for over five hours.
The reason for the poor reception according to the Gabon Delegation, they were not allowed to leave the airport because of an administrative problem and were forced to sleep on the floor before being allowed to leave in the morning after government intervention.
According to the disciplinary board, this was a violation of Articles 10, 12, 43.1, 46, 83 and 151 of the disciplinary code.
“The Gambia FA did not comply to the loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship values and rules of fair play concerning the reception given to the Gabonese Delegation. The disciplinary board decided to impose upon the Gambia Federation a fine of 100, 000 $ of which 50,000 $ are suspended on the condition that the federation is not found guilty of a similar offense within a period of 24 months”, a statement from CAF’s website.
This scenario caused Gabon’s defeat in Gambia as they record seven points from four matches leveled with Gambia at the top of group D but with goals difference.