With a view to curbing undue influence or interference with match officials, the Nigeria National League (NNL) has warned clubs and their officials to keep a mandatory distance from the games arbiters.
Clubs and their officials are not to have any dealings with match officials before, during and after match.
Such clubs or official contravening the directive shall pay a fine of N1.Million (I,000.000.00) and any other sanction.
The NNL notes that the appointment of match officials is the Statutory function of the Nigeria Football Federation and its relevant committees.
The Football Associations in each state who represent the NFF are mandated to receive, the umpires on arrival, accommodate them and ensure their safety before, during and after the games.
NNL’S Chief Operating officer, Lawrence Katken said the League body has put adequate logistics in place for the duration of the matches and as such, state Football Associations (FA’S) are empowered to handle matches on behalf of the NFF/NNL.
Katken drummed it that the idea warning clubs and their operators to know that there are protocols and borders between managing their clubs and referees , supports fair officiating at all times.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde