‎Nigerian League Management imposes sanctions on FC Ifeanyi Ubah, controversial referee

The League Management Company has descended heavily on FC Ifeanyi Ubah for their act on the opening day of action in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.

The Anambra Warriors on Saturday staged a walk out few minutes into the second half of the game away to Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

The act has been greeted with diverse sanctions on the team; including cumulative fines amounting to about N10 million.

The LMC in a statement announced that the club has been charged for breaching the Framework & Rule of the NPFL following their refusal to continue with the game vs Kano Pillars, prompting the game to be called off.

The Anambra Warriors are also charged with hindering & infringing on the fulfilment of the Broadcast Contract of the NPFL in the course of refusing to continue the game vs Kano Pillars on Saturday.

The club owned by billionaire businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah, were also charged for conducting themselves in a behaviour capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute & acting in a manner capable of causing serious security breach.

The LMC stated that for refusing to continue the NPFL game vs Kano Pillars on Saturday, FC Ifeanyi Ubah will pay a fine of N3 million.

Points deduction

It further stated that the club will forfeit 3 points, 3 goals from the NPFL game which shall be credited to their opponents, Kano Pillars.

The LMC statement added: “FC Ifeanyi Ubah will further forfeit 3 points from accrued points which will be suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the NPFL season.

“FC Ifeanyi Ubah will pay a fine of N5 million for hindering & infringing the live TV Broadcast of the #NPFL game vs Kano Pillars.

“Also FC Ifeanyiubah will have 2 points deducted from accrued points, which is suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the #NPFL season owing to hindering & infringing on fulfilment of the Broadcast Contract.”

The LMC also stated that for conduct capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute, FC Ifeanyi Ubah is to pay a fine of N1 million

It added that three points will also be deducted from points accruing to the club for behaviour capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute. This shall be suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the season, the LMC said.

The long list of punishment for FC Ifeanyi Ubah indicates they are also to pay a fine of N150,000 for causing a delay to the restart of the match‎ after half time without good reason.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah have 48 hours, not later than January 18 to submit to the sanctions imposed or elect to appeal.

Erring officials

For the erring officials, Igwe Jonathan of FC Ifeanyi Ubah was charged for misconduct during the Saturday match.

The LMC said the top FC Ifeanyi Ubah official conducted himself in a manner capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute.

According to the LMC, Igwe persistently challenged the referee’s decisions, communicated on the phone improperly within the technical area and ordered FC Ifeanyi Ubah players to leave the pitch & discontinue the game versus Kano Pillars.

In this light, Igwe has been fined N500,000 for conduct capable of bringing the Nigerian League to disrepute.

The top FC Ifeanyi Ubah official is suspended from all Nigerian League match venues till the NFF Ethics Committee determines his matter.

Igwe also has 48 hours, not later than Wednesday, to accept the sanctions or elect to appeal.

For Coach Yaw Preko of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, he was also charged for breaching the Code of Conduct for Managers & Coaches in the NPFL Framework & Rules.

The coach was said to have failed/neglected to take reasonable steps to ensure his players and other employees under his control accept the decisions of the match officials in the game versus Kano Pillars.

In this light, the coach has been reprimanded and has 48 hours, not later than Wednesday, to accept the sanction or elect to appeal.

The referee for the controversial game, Folusho Ajayi, was also not spared as the LMC has expressed dissatisfaction with her performance.

The LMC asked that the NFF Referees Committee withdraw her from future league games pending full investigation into her performance.


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  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    If the referee was fingered as the cause of the problem, why handing over this strictest of punishment to the side that suffered from the treacherous misconduct of the NFL appointed referee.

    • Maria Darego

      It is all about the rules!!! There are rules for protesting against referee misconduct and those rules must be followed. Walking off and not completing a game is not the answer. That is a serious breach of contract and infringement on the rights of the fans watching the game at the stadium or on Television. Those fans are the reason that the match is played. Having said that, the League has a long way to go in terms of Match Management and the referee issue has always been and continues to be a problem.

      • Taylor

        If the fans as agreed by you are the reasons people came to watch matches and LMC also agreed with FC Ifeanyi Uba, does it not sound funny that that un merited points ate awarded to Kano Pillars? There are lot of issues to be taken care of if Nigerian league is to grow. Sank Abacha stadium is fast becoming a place for unfair officiating and LMC should take not. If it is not fans intrusions, it will be unfair officiating. Hope other clubs will be treated same. We’re watching to see the type of punishment to be handed to the referee for spoiling fans weekend fun.