The League Management Company’s hammer has come down hard on some NPFL clubs.
In review of the recent incidents, the LMC imposed sanctions on Kano Pillars, Remo Stars, Katsina United and Enyimba International.
Kano Pillars was cited for violations of Rules B13.18 and C1 The club is to pay 7.25 million Naira as well as other consequential fines while the Sani Abacha stadium will be closed to fans until further notice.
The club has also been directed to identify and hand over to the Police for prosecution, its match security stewards who led the attack on match officials during the Match Day 18 fixture against Akwa United.
The fine against Kano Pillars includes 250,000 Naira as compensation to Dr. Tunde Akinbinu in addition to any certified medical bills arising from the attack on him by the club supporters.
It also includes 1 million Naira compensation to Akwa United for assault on members of the team in addition to any other certified medical bills, a fine of N3,000,000.00 for conduct capable of bringing the game into disrepute and deduction of three points.
For incidents on Match Day 15 in Shagamu including breaches of Rules C.1.1, B13.18 and B13.52harassment of match officials, access to restricted area by unauthorised persons and assault on Journalists by Remo Stars supporters; the LMC imposed a cumulative fine of N2.5m on Remo Stars and restriction of fans from attending three home matches.
For harassment of match officials in their hotel rooms by supporters of the club, Remo Stars was fined N500, 000, N1m for throwing of objects towards the field of play leading to delay of the match, N750, 000 for failing to ensure restriction of access to unauthorised persons to restricted area and compensation of N250, 000 for assault to Sports Journalists, Kelvin Ekerete.
A suspended three points deduction was also imposed on Remo Stars and which shall be enforced should similar incidents occur during their match for the remaining matches of the season. The club was also directed to organise an enlightenment program for their supporters and which shall be attended by an official of the LMC.
Katsina United was also placed on a suspended sanction of three points’ deduction for probationary period lasting the rest of the season.
The sanction against Katsina United arose from incidents at the end of Match Day 17 fixture against Enyimba International.
Enyimba’s goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda was suspended for one match and fined N50, 000 for aggression towards a ball boy during their match against Katsina United. Dauda was charged for breaches of Rules C11 and C1 which included assault on a ball boy and acts capable of inciting others to commit violence during their match day 18 fixture against Katsina United.
Rabiu Ali and Murtala Adamu of Kano Pillars were also sanctioned for threatening of the Referee and conducted themselves in a manner that was capable of inciting others to commit violence or misconduct which constituted a breach of Rule C1 and consequently suspended for one match.
The clubs and players were given 48 hours to submit in writing to the decisions of the LMC or elect to appear before a commission and for which further sanctions would be imposed should their appeals not upheld.