By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) disciplinary committee has issued a sum of 500,000 Naira fine on Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Remo Stars for breach of COVID-19 protocols and fans encroachment during their game with Bendel Insurance.
NFF disciplinary committee made this and other decisions as below:
Pursuant to Rule 16.2, NNL Rules, Remo Stars FC is by hereby fined the
sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) only, for breaches of
COVID-19 Protocol and the discontinuation of the match due to
encroachment by their supporters, who were present at the stadium in
breach of COVID-19 Protocol.
Taking cognizance of the conduct of Remo Stars officials and
supporters being responsible for the encroachment and discontinuation
of the match, pursuant to the powers under Rule 16.3 and 15.10 NNL
Rules, an order that the match which was discontinued at 0: 0 shall
count as a complete fixture, with the 0-0 as the final scoreline.
In view of the fact that Bendel Insurance was unable to submit any
medical bills for their injured players and officials and receipt of
cost of repairs to their damaged Bus, the Committee is constrained to
award only the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000.00) as
general damages against Remo Stars FC to be paid to Bendel Insurance
That Remo Stars are hereby directed to make a written undertaking to
the NNL guaranteeing safety of players and officials of visiting teams
during and after matches and any breach of such undertaking shall lead
to banning Remo Stars FC from further hosting NNL matches in their
That the above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.
The case involves Remo Stars FC Vs. Bendel Insurance FC in a match
fixture played on 6th June at Remo Stars FC Stadium, Ikenne, Ogun
Bendel Insurance FC protested against encroachment on the field of
play, assault on its players and officials and damage to their Bus
during the NNL week 21 League match.
The findings of NFF Disciplinary committee include:
1. That Remo Stars FC officials and supporters encroached into the
field of play.
2. That the match was disrupted due to encroachment and violent
conduct by officials and supporters of Remo Stars FC, which led to the
players and officials of Bendel Insurance FC being chased out of the
field of play resulting in various degrees of injuries to the players
3. That Remo Stars FC breached COVID-19 Protocols by,
admitting/permitting spectators into the stadium.
4. That the Bus belonging to Bendel Insurance was damaged by the
Supporters of Remo Stars FC.
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