LMC slams N2.35m fines on Ikhana, four clubs

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mike Oboh @obo­h_mike

The League Man­age­ment Com­pany (LMC) yesterday slammed Coach Kadiri Ikhana and four premier league clubs with var­i­ous fines amount­ing to N2.35mil­lion.

The clubs were charged by the LMC for var­i­ous breaches both­er­ing on fail­ure to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity and un­ac­cept­able sup­port­ers’ be­hav­iour, while match of­fi­cials in­volved in three of the ten games of Week 32 also re­ceived queries.

The Chair­man of Heart­land FC Sup­port­ers Club, Iyke Ja­cob was handed a six match ban for acts of in­tim­i­da­tion and ha­rass­ment of ref­er­ees, while Eny­imba’s Coach, Khadiri Ikhana was also charged for mak­ing public com­ments deemed in­im­i­cal to the pro­mo­tion of the league and was fined N100, 000.

Nasarawa United, Giwa FC, Abia War­riors and Heart­land FC were fined as the LMC ex­er­cised Sum­mary Ju­ris­dic­tion af­ter thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion of re­ported crowd in­ci­dences dur­ing the matches in­volv­ing them.

In the var­i­ous no­tices of Sum­mary Ju­ris­dic­tion signed by the LMC Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Sal­ihu Abubakar and sent to the clubs, they were is­sued the statu­tory 48 hours’ no­tice to sub­mit to the de­ci­sions of the LMC or in­di­cate in writ­ten re­sponse a choice to ap­pear be­fore a panel.

In spe­cific rul­ings con­cern­ing the af­fected clubs, Giwa FC as hosts of the fix­ture against Kano Pil­lars were ac­cused for breach of Ar­ti­cle C1 and B15.16 and con­se­quently fined N500, 000 and N250, 000.

Nasarawa United was also cited for un­ruly con­duct of their fans in the match against Lobi Stars, fined N500, 000 and warned against a re­peat which will lead to sta­dium ban to sup­port­ers and re­lo­ca­tion to neu­tral venue.

Like Nasarawa United, Abia War­riors and Heart­land were also fined N500, 000 for un­ruly be­hav­iour of fans and fail­ure to pro­vide hitch free match day ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The sanc­tions are a demon­stra­tion of the LMC’s strong ob­jec­tion to fail­ure on the part of clubs to pro­vide hitch-free match day ex­pe­ri­ences for the thou­sands of fans who have since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous re­form ini­tia­tives been re­turn­ing to the sta­di­ums for NPFL games,” Abubakar said.

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