The NFF will also decide on the Shooting Stars and Sunshine Stars controversy.
The Ordinary and Discipline (O&D) Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation will meet on Friday to deliberate on pending disciplinary issues in the Nigerian football league.
One of those expecting a ruling from the committee is Enyimba Football Club, who have written to the League Management Company asking to be awarded 3 points and 3 goals after Kano Pillars fans encroached the pitch when Kano Pillars scored in a week 31 league match.
According to a letter signed by the Chairman of Enyimba, Felix Anyansi, and addressed to Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, the club requested that the company abide by the rules and regulations guiding all the Nigeria Premier League (NPL matches) regarding encroachment and disruption of matches as enshrined in its Article 4.3 (1).
“Any club guilty of disturbances during and after a match shall be banned to a neutral ground to play their matches for the rest of the season. The club shall forfeit 3 points and 3 goals to the opponent. In addition, 3 points and goals shall be deducted from the already accrued points of the club,” the rule states.
The club Chairman said “Kano Pillars in that game disrupted the match not once but three times for a total duration of 30 minutes. A match that started at 4.00pm up till 6:30pm had not ended as a result of the encroachment and disruption.
“The rules regarding failure to continue matches in Article 4.2(2) states that: “No club supporter, player or official shall encroach on the field during play. Any supporter that encroached on the field of play to cause discontinuation of a match, the club shall be fined and in addition to Article 4.3 (1) shall apply.”
The LMC had earlier ruled that the match be replayed, a decision that has to be ratified by the O&D committee.
“Enyimba wishes to declare the ruling of the LMC to have the Match day 31 game between Kano Pillars and Enyimba replayed completely unacceptable. We are concerned by the decision which is not stipulated in the rules governing the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) all the way to CAF and FIFA if need be.
“We believe the decision undermines the extremely violent conduct of Kano Pillars and gives them an undeserved opportunity to earn points when they should in fact, as contained in the rules quoted above to forfeit 3 points and 3 goals to Enyimba,” the club chairman said.
Enyimba stated that Kano Pillars fans invaded the pitch and violently assaulted their players as well as match officials for the game. The club alleged that its cameraman was beaten during the first half and his camera seized and damaged. The tape contained within, Enyimba explained, was also seized and destroyed.
“This is clear miscarriage of justice. In the interest of fairness and equality and peace, the LMC must do what is right and hand Enyimba all 3 points and 3 goals. A replay can only occur in the case of force majeure but thousands of fans invading the pitch and assaulting players and match officials is not force majeure. It is against everything that we stand for in the NPL and the LMC must act accordingly. They must demonstrate a commitment to uphold justice regardless of the guilty party. They must send a strong message that they are ready to clamp down on crowd violence, a disturbing aspect of our club football.
“The LMC should release the reports of the Match Commissioner and the referee for the entire world to see. Nothing should be kept hidden.
“Progress can only be made when there is justice and this decision to have a game where players and match officials were brutalised is not justice. We will not relent in our efforts to go at any length until justice prevails. History will remember your judgement,” Anyansi Agwu concluded.
The committee is also expected to decide on the match between Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Sunshine Stars of Akure in Week when Akure fans attacked Shooting Stars officials after the first half of the game played in Akure.
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