Nigerian League: LMC fines, banishes Nembe City to Benin

Nembe City FC

The League Management Company, LMC, on Thursday ruled that Nembe City will play their next three home matches in Benin as punishment for abandoning a home match against Lobi Stars.

This as well as a financial fine was imposed in the aftermath of the inconclusive Match Day 26 fixture between Nembe City and Lobi Stars at the Krisdera Stadium, Omoku, Rivers State.

The LMC found that the match was discontinued as a result of fans invading the pitch in protest of an extra time penalty awarded by the centre referee against Nembe City.

The LMC, however, noted that it was the action of the fans and not the initial protest of the Nembe City players that caused the pitch invasion and inhibited the continuation of play

It also noted that play could not have resumed even if Nembe City players returned within five to twenty five minutes as stipulated by the rules as the fans refused to vacate the pitch.

Based on all of these, the LMC fined the club N500, 000 for the unruly conduct of its players, officials and fans.

It also ordered that the botched match be concluded at a neutral venue; on a date preceding the 2014 Federation Cup finals. The match will be re-started from the time it was halted and with the same result that prevailed at the time of the disruption.

The LMC said these immediate actions were without prejudice to the decision of the Organising and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

Nembe City currently sits on the last spot of the elite league.

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