NPFL: Giwa Banished to Ilorin, Fined N6.75m


*Ordered to complete abandoned Match-day 12 clash with Rangers in Abuja
Duro Ikhazuagbe
The League Management Company (LMC) on Tuesday slammed three home matches ban and a N6.75million fine on Giwa FC for abandoning the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match-day 12 clash with Rangers in Jos last Sunday.

Apart from being banished to Ilorin Township Stadium for its next three home matches, the Media Officer of the team, David King, was also summarily slammed with a N100,000 fine for breaching code of conduct for club officials.

After careful study of the match report and assessment of video evidence of the stalemated match, LMC said in a statement yesterday that due to the unruly conduct of its supporters, Giwa FC was fined N5million in line with Clause B13.18 laws of the league while the match will be concluded behind closed doors from the 74th minute on Wednesday, April 27 at the Abuja National Stadium with scores at 1-0 in favour of Rangers.

“Due to the persistent nature of such disturbances by supporters of Giwa FC, the club shall play its remaining home matches behind closed doors and supporters of the club are banned from all league match venues for the remainder of the season.

The LMC said it reserves the right to lift the ban at any time on the condition of receipt of firm and satisfactory assurance and commitment (including training and orientation seminar for supporters of the Club under its supervision) guaranteeing the responsible behaviour and orderly conduct of supporters of the Club.

Also, for failing to ensure adequate security, crowd control and preventing access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas, Giwa FC was found to be in breach of Rule B13.52 and the club was accordingly fined the sum of N500, 000 while for failure to control their players and officials, the club was fined the sum of N750, 000 in line with the provisions of Rules C9 of the league.

For the assault on the match commissioner and referee, Giwa FC was fined N500, 000 in line with Rule C12 while the club is further “required to ensure, within the next seven days, that in addition to the apprehension of one of the suspects, Goje, his co-culprit identified as Apiya is also apprehended and prosecuted by the relevant security agencies for assaulting the Referee. “A fine of N25,000 per day shall accrue, until such time the offender is apprehended and charged to court,” LMC further warned.

The league body said it is has received reports that “the two supporters are notorious for acts of violent assault on match officials and are said to be serving a two years match ban before the incident of last Sunday.”

It also ruled that in addition,“ for acts and conduct capable of bringing the game to disrepute in breach of Rule C1, a suspended two-point deduction has been imposed on Giwa FC which will be triggered should there be any subsequent incidents of disturbances by supporters of the club for the remainder of the season.

Some supporters of the club disrupted the fixture severally by hauling dangerous objects on the field aimed at the second assistant referee forcing the referee to a finally call off the match on the 74th minute
Giwa FC has 48 hours within which to indicate in writing the acceptance of the exercise of summary jurisdiction or elect to appear before a commission.