“We are not saying that people don’t have right to do that, but there are channels to do that in football.”
The League Management Company, LMC, on Monday said it was working towards getting another court to overturn the two court injunctions brought against it by some football enthusiasts in Jos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first injunction was by one Funky Odigie, seeking to compel the LMC to include Giwa FC in the ongoing league season.
Another injunction was obtained by one Mustapha Abubakar, who said he had been denied his rights of enjoying the league competition.
He said he had expected to enjoy the league after purchasing Giwa FC’s match tickets worth N5,700 from a certain Funky Odigie.
The LMC, organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), had been dragged to court by two clubs, Nembe City FC of Brass and Giwa FC of Jos.
This was after the LMC excluded both clubs from the league’s season 2013/2014 which kicked off on March 7, after it said they failed to satisfy its registration requirements.
Salihu Abubakar, the LMC’s Chief Operating Officer, COO, however, told journalists in Abuja that the two injunctions had necessitated the latest move by the LMC to quash the injunctions.
“There were two injunctions which cross themselves.
“One said we should do something, and another one said we shouldn’t do it, and in law when a process starts, you have to allow it to be concluded before you can take any action.
“In any case, our lawyers have gone to court to challenge those injunctions. So, we have to stay action on the injunction
“Our lawyers are under instructions to go and quash those injunctions,’’ Mr. Abubakar said.
The official said the matter in question was already with the NFA Appeals Committee.
He the clubs’ appeal was the outcome of the latest meeting of the representatives of the Premier League Club Owners.
“The resolve is that Nembe City FC and Giwa FC should appeal against the decision of the LMC and we have duly endorsed the appeal to the NFA.
“The NFA is going to decide on the matter. That is the normal process. In football, there is a first court of instance, and then if you are not satisfied, you make an appeal.
“Things are not done by going to the public, the court or the National Assembly.
“We are not saying that people don’t have right to do that, but there are channels to do that in football.
“There are grievance procedures which must be followed,’’ he added.
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