By Uche Dozie
The League Management Company (LMC), the body in charge of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has sanctioned Akwa United, Warri Wolves, Rangers and Dakkada FC and the General Mangers of Rangers and Warri Wolves for undermining the security of Match Referees at their home games.
The decisions were reached after the LMC considered reports of the Match Commissioners at the fixtures of MatchDay 20 and 21 involving the four clubs.
Warri Wolves were sanctioned Warri Wolves for failing to submit team list for the matchday 20 in breach of Rule B13.37 and also for the act of throwing of objects to the field of play by their supporters in breach of Rule 13.18.
The club’s Chairman, Moses Etu, was charged for inciting supporters to harass and intimidate the visiting team and match officials in contravention of Rule C1.3 and specifically for inciting a supporter, Isiah Ughojor to assault Media Official of the visiting team and a Journalist covering the game in breach of Rule C1.3.
Consequently, Warri Wolves were fined N200,000 for failure to submit team list and N750, 000 for the throwing of objects on to the field of play by its supporters.
Moses Etu was cautioned to desist from such actions in future engagement and failure to do so will attract the full weight of the law.
Rangers and their club chairman, Davidson Owumi were sanctioned for various misconduct during their match against Akwa United.
Rangers was sanctioned on a two counts of breach of Rule 8.21 during and after their match with Akwa United in Enugu. Supporters of Rangers were found to have gained authorized access to the dressing room and also for physical assault, beating up and preventing match officials after the match.
According to the LMC media, Davidson Owumi, the club General Manager was charged with exposing the match officials to verbal abuse by club supporters at his residence after they were rescued from the physical assault at the stadium and for personally verbally abusing the match officials at his residence in a language unbecoming of a club official.
Rangers were consequently fined N1,500,000 for failure to provide adequate security pursuant to Rule 8.21 and N1,000,000 as compensation for the assault on the match officials pursuant to Rule C12 and to be paid within ten working days. While Owumi was cautioned to desist from such conduct or face further disciplinary measures in line with Rule C19.
Akwa United and Dakkada FC were also fined in the tune of 2 million and 3 million respectively.
Akwa United was fined 1 million for not providing adequate security in the game against Warri Wolves and another 1 million as compensation to referees and to play three of their next home games behind closed doors.
Their sister club, Dakkad FC was slammed 1 million Dakkada FC are to pay for throwing of objects at Match Officials, N1000,000 for failure to provide adequate security and N1000,000 as compensation to the assaulted Match Officials. The club has also been ordered to play their next three home matches behind closed doors to fans.
The clubs and the club officials have forty eight hours to respond to the charges.
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