Violence: LMC goes tough on clubs, coaches, referees


Four Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs have been charged by the League Management Company (LMC) for various breaches bordering on failure to provide adequate security and unacceptable supporters’ behavior even as match officials involved in three of the ten games of Match Day 32 also received queries.
The Chairman of Heartland FC Supporters Club, Iyke Jacob was handed a six-match ban for acts of intimidation and harassment of referees.
Enyimba’s coach, Khadiri Ikhana was also accused of making public comments that are deemed inimical to the promotion of the league and was fined N100,000.
Nasarawa United, Giwa FC, Abia Warriors and Heartland FC were fined half a million Naira as the LMC exercised Summary Jurisdiction after thorough investigation of reported crowd incidences during matches involving the four sides.
In the various notices of Summary Jurisdiction signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar and sent to the clubs, they were issued the statutory 48 hours notice to submit to the decisions of the LMC or indicate in written response a choice to appear before a panel.
The LMC ruled that comments made by Ikhana during a post match interview did not portray the league in good light contrary to his responsibilities as a Manager under article 14 of the Code of Conduct for Managers and Coaches.
In specific rulings concerning the affected clubs, Giwa FC as hosts of the fixture against Kano Pillars was cited for breach of Article C1 and B15.16 and consequently fined N500, 000 and N250,000. For the unruly behavior of their fans which Article B15.16 makes clear is a responsibility of the club, Giwa FC was fined N500,000 while another fine of N250, 000 was imposed on the club for failure to ensure adequate security at match venue.
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Source:: PM Newspaper