NBBF sanc­tions Plateau Peaks, Royal Hoop­ers

Daily Trust - - SPORT - TA­MUNO Dan­a­goggo By Orkula Shaagee

The Nigeria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NBBF) has sanc­tioned Plateau Peaks Bas­ket­ball Club of Jos and Royal Hoop­ers Bas­ket­ball Club of Port Har­court for ac­tions in­im­i­cal to the growth of the game.

NBBF Spokesman Patrick Omoro­dion told Daily Trust yes­ter­day that while Plateau Peaks are to for­feit their Week 4 game against Gombe Bulls for aban­don­ing the game and for the ac­tion of their fans who switched off the lights at the venue of the game which pre­vented the vis­it­ing team from tak­ing the manda­tory free throws awarded them, Royal Hoop­ers are to for­feit their Week 1 game against Do­dan War­riors for not show­ing up at the venue in their Week One en­counter in La­gos.

The NBBF stated that the ac­tion of Plateau Peaks sup­port­ers “put the game into dis­re­pute and com­pro­mised the safety and se­cu­rity of the vis­it­ing team and tech­ni­cal of­fi­cials”, adding that “by walk­ing off the court (Plateau Peaks) had de­lib­er­ately aban­doned the game and frus­trated Due Process and con­se­quently you, by that ac­tion, for­feited the game to the vis­it­ing team.”

While ac­knowl­edg­ing Royal Hoop­ers’ prompt re­sponse to the query is­sued them by the NBBF, the fed­er­a­tion warned the club that their fi­nan­cial prob­lems were not ten­able rea­sons for not hon­our­ing league games and other obli­ga­tions. Equally Plateau Peaks were strongly warned to en­sure that their sup­port­ers re­frain from ac­tions ca­pa­ble of bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute.

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