By Oladapo Okeowo
Three NPFL clubs have been issued summary jurisdiction notices by the League Management Company for various breaches on the season’s opening day.
The clubs are Rangers International, Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes.
Rangers did not restrict access to unauthorised persons, allowed field encroachment and throwing of objects onto the field of play and for the unruly conduct of their fans. These are direct contraventions of NPFL Rules B13.52, B13.18 and C1.1 respectively.
These breaches will set the club back by N2.75million.
According to the LMC, “Two men gained access to the corridor of the referees’ changing room in an attempt to intimidate and/or harass the referees, and they further gained access to the State Box to harass officials of the visiting team.”
The charge sheet stated that attempts were also made to assault the match officials as missiles were thrown at them as they were being escorted out of the pitch by security personnel. The Match Commissioner and a security operative did not escape unhurt.
Lobi Stars, on the other hand, ran afoul of Rule B9.7 which insists that players’ surnames must be written at the back of their jerseys. A breach which attracts a fine of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira).
Lobi Stars players turned out in jerseys without surnames in their game against Shooting Stars. They lost the game 2-0.
Niger Tornadoes were charged for having the design and lettering of their players’ shirt names and numbers not meeting the prescribed standard and not up to the league’s approval. The Niger Tornadoes numbering was unclear and even looked like it was done with a biro.
The Niger Tornadoes numbering was unclear and even looked like it was done with a biro. The Minna-based team is to pay N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira) for this breach.
The clubs have till close of business on Thursday to appeal or accept the charges.