•Lobi, Tornadoes sanctioned for breach of jersey codes

Rangers International, Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes have been issued summary jurisdiction notices by the League Management Company (LMC) for various breaches they committed in the course of Matchday 1 of the Nigeria Football Professional League (NPFL) 2016/17 season concluded over the weekend.

It was Rangers that got cited for more serious breaches which include Rules B13.52, B13.18 and C1.1 which attracted a cumulative fine of N2.750million.

In the first charge for breach of Rule B13.52, the league champions were accused of not ensuring restriction of access to unauthorized persons to all restricted areas in the course of their fixture against Abia Warriors.

“In the course of your Matchday 1 fixture: Rangers International vs. Abia Warriors, you failed to ensurerestriction of access by unauthorized persons from all restricted areas in the course of the match, when two (2) men gained access to the corridor of the Referees’ changing room in an attempt to intimidate and or harass the Referees; and they further gained access to the State Box to harass officials of the visiting team”, read charge signed by Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer.

In count two, the LMC charged Rangers with breach of Rule 13.18 citing the encroachment on the field of play and throwing of objects towards the field of play by the club’s supporters.

On the third count, Rangers was charged with breach of Rule C1.1, punishable by Rule B15.16 for their supporters’ conduct which was deemed capable of bringing the League to disrepute. This conduct the charge read, “included their attempt to assault match officials and hauling stones and other missiles at the match officials while they were being escorted off the field of play by security personnel, in the process of which the Match Commissioner and a security operative were injured by missiles thrown”.

The Enugu State Police Command had in the aftermath of the incident admonished Supporters of Rangers International to refrain from taking laws into their hands no matter how aggrieved they could be over the outcome of a football match. The command’s spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu further warned that the Police would not tolerate abuse of the laws of the land by club supporters.

Lobi Stars were charged for failing to have the surname of their players written at the back of their jerseys during their match against Shooting Stars in breach of Rule B9.7 and punishable under Rule B9.12, of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL, in that on Sunday. The Club was fined N100, 000.

On their part, Niger Tornadoes was charged for having the design and lettering of shirt names and numbers of their players that did not meet the prescribed standard and which did not meet the approval of the league. Tornadoes are to pay N100, 000 for this breach.

All the clubs have a deadline of close of business on Thursday to respond in writing indicating acceptance of the sanctions or electing to appeal.

· Club Fined N9, 150, 000, Coach reprimanded and Club Official Suspended                                                                                           

· Match Referee recommended to NFF  for poor game’s Management                                                                                         

The League Management Company (LMC) has issued sanctions on FC IfeanyiUbah aimed at deterring further acts that would lead to matches being called off following the incident in Kano in which the club caused the match to be abandoned during the opening fixture against Kano Pillars on Saturday.

The sanction emphasized more on deterrence than on financial penalties as the club stands to lose a total of eight points in addition to the forfeiture of three points and three goals from the match against Pillars.

Read more: LMC Hands 8 points Suspended sanction on FC IfeanyiUbah  

•Declares financial surplus of N483m for 2016

•Endorses proposed Club Merchandising Scheme

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs will from the coming season raise youth teams for players aged 15 years and below to compete in the new NPFL Youth League. This is even as the League Management Company (LMC) declared a surplus/savings of N483 million in its operations for the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

This was contained in the financial report submitted by the Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko and accepted with commendations at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the LMC held in Enugu on Sunday, December 11.

Read more: LMC introduces NPFL U-15 Youth League  

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is one of the global leagues attending the third World Leagues Forum in Frankfurt, Germany on November 23.

Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC). Shehu Dikko is already in the German city to participate in the meeting which among other agendas, undertake a review of the FIFA Semi-Formal Professional Football Stakeholders Forum meetings, the Status of FIFA Professional Football Stakeholders Committee and receive an update on meeting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino on October 5.

Read more: Nigeria join other leagues at World League Forum  

The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation and the Congress of Nigerian Football have applauded NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko on his award as The SUN Sports Personality of The Year 2016.

Dikko was on Monday named by the leading publishing house as the Sports Personality of The Year 2016, an award won last year by NFF President, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

Read more: NFF board, congress hail Dikko on The SUN award  

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