The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has banned Kano Pillars captain Rabiu Ali for 12 league games for igniting match violence after Monday’s NPFL Championship Playoff match between Kano Pillars and Rangers International of Enugu at Agege Township Stadium.
The football governing body also fined Kano Pillars N8m, and ordered the club to play their next three home games behind closed doors and with a suspended 3-point deduction.
Ali is being punished for his role in the match violence. After the match, the Kano Pillars captain confronted the referee Adebimpe Quadri for awarding an equalizing penalty to the opponent club.
The confrontation led to a violent scene, with Kano Pillars’ fans invading the field with objects in an attempt to attack the referee who took to his heels. Watch the video here.
According to an official statement issued by the LMC on Wednesday, Ali was charged for accosting the referee and in so doing, incited others to commit acts of…