NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari
Federation Cup champions, Heartland have appealed against the decision of the Organising and Disciplinary Committee of the Imo State FA which on Monday imposed fines and also ordered a replay of the FA Cup match against the Police Machine.
SuperSport.com learnt that Heartland established five grounds to fault the committee's decision which prompted the immediate appeal against the ruling.
Heartland claimed there was proven evidence before the committee that the encroachment of the Police Machine coach, Patrick Awaja and other officials onto the pitch while Heartland were about to take a penalty forced disruption and abandonment of the game.
The Premier League club alleged that the instigation of the Police Machine officials on their players to leave the pitch was against the rules of football.
The Naze Millionaires held that the presence of armed policemen who came with the Police Machine team within the perimeter fence incensed the atmosphere and intimidated Heartland.
Heartland maintained that the records at Imo State FA provided clear proof that the goalkeeper of the Police Machine, Franklin Moghalu had not been cleared from his last club, Owerri United by the time he played against the Owerri landlords.
Heartland queried the imbalance on the fines slammed on both teams when it was established by the committee that the opponents, the Police Machine were the ones who first encroached on the pitch and disrupted the game.
Heartland expressed dismay that the committee went beyond the case tabled before it by deliberating on their Head of Protocol, Tonnex Chukwu when nobody fingered him as having encroached on the pitch.
The quarterfinals tie at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri was 1-0 in favour of Police Machine before the 82nd minute penalty awarded to Heartland which led to the disruption and eventual abandonment.
Heartland are therefore asking that the Imo State FA award the game against the Police Machine to them.