LMC im­poses six points de­duc­tion on Wolves, FC Taraba

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

The League Man­age­ment Com­pany (LMC) yes­ter­day im­posed a six points de­duc­tion on two Pre­mier League clubs, Warri Wolves and FC Taraba which will au­to­mat­i­cally count if they fail to liq­ui­date all financial in­debt­ed­ness to play­ers and man­agers.

Play­ers of Warri Wolves were also ad­mon­ished to fol­low laid down pro­ce­dures in seek­ing to en­force their in­dus­trial rights with a prom­ise by the LMC Chair­man, Shehu Dikko that the rights of ev­ery player in the Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League (NPFL) will be pro­tected at all times.

Dikko in a warn­ing to the play­ers said, Wolves play­ers, let the sys­tem work or face ban. We will fight for you and ev­ery other player in the NPFL but we must also fol­low the rules in seek­ing our rights un­der any cir­cum­stance”.

The de­ci­sion to deduct six points from Warri Wolves and FC Taraba was se­quel to the fail­ure of the two clubs to pay back­log of salaries owed the play­ers 60 days af­ter they were served no­tices of Ex­er­cise of Sum­mary Ju­ris­dic­tion by the LMC.

In sep­a­rate let­ters to the two clubs, Sal­ihu Abubakar, the Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of LMC, wrote, “you are in breach of Ar­ti­cle B9.45 of the Frame­work and Rules, that is the fail­ure to pay financial en­ti­tle­ments owed to play­ers for a pe­riod of more than 60 days”.

The LMC con­se­quently or­dered a sus­pended six points de­duc­tion on both teams which will be ac­ti­vated by Novem­ber 14 should they still fail to rem­edy the breach.

“... The six points de­duc­tion re­ferred to is sus­pended for a pe­riod of 14 clear work­ing days and the points de­duc­tion shall im­me­di­ately come into ef­fect from the date of this de­ci­sion pro­vided that if the club fails to rem­edy the breach within the pe­riod”.

Warri Wolves was on Au­gust 25, is­sued the no­tice of sum­mary ju­ris­dic­tion to off­set financial in­debt­ed­ness to the play­ers and were handed a 60 days’ no­tice to pay off the debts. FC Taraba was also on Oc­to­ber 2 is­sued an ultimatum of 10 work­ing days to com­mence pay­ment of debts owed play­ers. Both clubs now have up to Novem­ber 14, 2015 to avoid points de­duc­tion.

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