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Abandoned Match: LMC Slams N3.65m Fine On Giwa

Posted: Apr 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LAGOS – The League Management Company (LMC) has ordered Giwa FC to pay N3.65million fine for breach of Rule B13.25 of the Framework and Rules for failing to honour a fixture obligation without acceptable reason. The Jos outfit was to complete the remaining 16 minutes of its week 12 match against Rangers in Jos. The match was scheduled to hold at FIFA Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday, but Giwa failed to turn up. Consequently, LMC relied on Rule B13.55 to declare Rangers winner with three points and one goal. The fines include the sum of N2,000,000, another N650,000 to offset the Match Officials expenses and N1,000,000 to offset the expenses of Rangers International. Part of the decision read, “an order that the match which lasted 74 minutes shall count as a completed fixture, i.e the goals so far recorded (0-1) shall be the final scores; this is pursuant to Rule B13.55 which states that “the LMC may order a league match which for whatever reasons lasts for less than 90 minutes to count as a completed fixture or to be replayed”. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had on Monday upheld the decisions of (LMC), which has in a summary jurisdiction exercise ordered that the match be completed in Abuja from the 74th minute at which it was disrupted by Supporters of Giwa FC in Jos. Giwa FC has a further 48 hours to accept this decision in writing or elect to appear before a commission.