Decision reached in investigation
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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has finalised its investigation into the tragedy outside the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire prior to the FIFA World Cup/CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played between Côte d'Ivoire and Malawi on 29 March 2009.

Due to the complexity of the case and the numerous parties involved in the match organisation and operations, members of the Ivorian Football Association, police and other local and national organisations were interviewed.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a sanction of CHF 50,000 on the Ivorian Football Asssociation, whilst also enforcing a number of preventive measures for the next home match:

For the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Burkina Faso in Abidjan on 5 September 2009, the capacity of the stadium will be restricted to 20,000 spectators, including guests. Externally, a mandatory traffic control cordon will be established at least one kilometre away from the stadium itself, and a spectator control cordon will be established between 100 and 200 meters from the stadium in order to filter the access of spectators.

The total capacity of the stadium (34,600) will only be allowed in subsequent matches if the above-mentioned measures are applied for each match. All future matches will not be allowed to kick-off until the designated FIFA Security Officer is satisfied with all aspects of stadium safety and security.

The decision also mentioned that, in the event of any similar incidents, FIFA would have no choice but to impose more severe sanctions on the Ivorian Football Association.

In addition, and independently of this decision, FIFA has decided to donate CHF 100,000 in order to support the families of the victims of this tragedy.

Global FIFA Security Concept
FIFA has been working for many years to improve the safety and security conditions at football matches all around the world, and in 2006 world football's governing body used its experience and expertise to establish the Global FIFA Security Concept. FIFA regards it as a duty to assist its member associations as much as possible in the preparations for these matches.

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