By Concise News Correspondents
The League Management Company (LMC) has awarded three points and three goals to Kano Pillars as part of FC Ifeanyiuabah’s sanctions for breaking off Saturday’s opening game of the 2016/17 NPFL season.
The much anticipated season opener between both sides ended abruptly as the Anambra Warriors walked out of the game, alleging bias officiating.
But the LMC has found the Nnewi-based side guilty of bringing the game to disrepute, hence the sanctions.
And in addition to the aforementioned points loss, Ifeanyiubah have been handed a suspended sentence of eight points deduction should the breach occur again. They were also fined a total of N9, 150, 000.
The centre referee of the game, Funso Ajayi, was also sanctioned as she has been withdrawn from future NPFL matches, pending a full review into her performance.
The body said in a statement that the sanctions were aimed at deterring further acts which would lead to matches being called off.
In the statement
“The sanctions emphasised more on deterrence than on financial penalties, as the club stands to lose a total of eight points in addition to the forfeiture of three points and three goals from the match against Pillars,’’ the statement reads.
“For this the club has been handed a suspended sentence of deduction of a total of eight points should the breach occur again.
The LMC also said an official of the club, Jonathan Igwe, as well as coach Yaw Preko were also served sanction notices.
“The LMC also made recommendations for a review of the performance of the match officials by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF),’’ he said.
“The club were charged for breaches of Rules B13.26, A7.3. C1.1 and B13.46.1 arising from their conduct which led to the match against Kano Pillars being called off.
“By refusing to continue the game for a period of up to five minutes after the 48th minute, the club were charged for prompting the game to be called off which contravened Rule B13.26.
“FC IfeanyiUbah were also charged under Rule A7.3 punishable under Rule C184.108.40.206 arising from their hindering and infringing on the fulfilment of the broadcast contract of the league.’’
An official of the club, Jonathan Igwe and the Coach, Yaw Preko were also served sanction notices just as the LMC also made recommendation for review of the performance of the match officials by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Hindering and infringing on broadcast
In the second count of hindering and infringing on the broadcast contract, FC IfeanyiUbah is to pay a fine of N5million and will have two points deducted from points accruing to it but which is suspended for a probationary period of the rest of the season.
On the third charge of conduct capable of bringing the League to disrepute, in breach of Rule C1.1, the club was fined N1million and another suspended sentence of deductable three points should it be in breach of the same rule for the rest of the season.
The sanction further read that “for causing a delay in the re-start of the match after the half-time interval, without good reason, the Club shall pay a fine of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only (N150,000.00)”.
Referee, Funso Ajayi from Oyo State was referred to the NFF for failing “to meet up with the high standard expected in the Nigeria Professional Football League and exhibiting unsatisfactory game management”.
The LMC recommended that Ajayi be withdrawn from consideration for future NPFL matches, pending a full review into her performance.