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LMC Fines Club Officials, Reviews 4 Refs, 8 Assistants Performances

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 12:43 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Two club officials, a coach, four Referees and eight Assistant Referees, have been charged by the League Management Company (LMC) for various acts considered inimical to the good of the game.

General Manager of FC Taraba, Tijani Babangida and that of Heartland, Okechukwu Ibe, whose is also a Director of LMC, have been fined N50,000 and N200,000 respectively for comments and behaviours that were in breach of some sections of the Code of Conduct for Club Officials under the NPFL rules.

Similarly, Abia Warriors Head Coach, Ladan Bosso, was fined N50,000 for comments the LMC ruled to be in breach of Article 14 of the Code of Conduct for Coaches and Managers and Article C1 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Babangida and Bosso were cited for public comments against referees considered capable of bringing the league to disrepute, while Ibe was charged for acts capable of bringing the league to disrepute including excessive complaints against the Referee during the Match Day 11 Enyimba vs Heartland. Babangida’s charge followed his comments to the media on the Match Day 11 fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba even after he had followed the official channels to lay a complaint about the officiating and is aware it is being dealt with.

Bosso’s charge is in relation to comments he made to the media against the Referee after the Match Day 12 fixture between Rangers and Abia Warriors. The LMC said that he “failed to act in an ethical and professional manner, in the best interest of the game, and you made statements capable of bringing the game to disrepute”.

They have all accepted the charges and apologised.

The LMC asked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees Appointment Committee to drop the referees and assistants from further officiating NPFL games pending the conclusion of the review of their performance in some matches.

The LMC expressed dissatisfaction with their performances in week 11 and 12 matches.

Referee Jerry Akure from Benue State and his assistants, Aliyu Jingi (Bauchi) and Garba Musa from Yobe State were charged for below par handling the Match between Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars, while Referee Maaji Mohammed and his assistants Abbas J and Alfa Gimba, all of Niger State Referees Council were charged for poor officiating in the fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba.

Referee Sam Agba from Ogun State and his two assistants from the Oyo State were charge with poor performance in the match between Enyimba and Heartland. The last case listed by the LMC involved Referee Mohammed D. Sule and his assistants, Suleiman Jimeta and Sani Mohammed all from Adamawa who officiated Kano Pillars and Giwa FC tie.

NFF referees committee has commenced review of the listed match officials’ performances upon receipt of the necessary details and visuals from the LMC.