Some of the Premier League clubs have come under intense fire as the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) board has charged them for various infractions.
The teams charged include Remo Stars, Sunshine Stars, Kano Pillars, and Gombe United. They were accused of breaching rules and framework during Sunday’s Match Day 17 fixtures.
Remo Stars were fined N1 million for failing to provide adequate and effective security during their game against Sunshine Stars in Ikenne.
The Sky Blue Stars are also ordered to deploy a more effective security arrangement in their remaining home matches.
On the other hand, Sunshine Stars were punished for failing to ensure proper conduct of their players during their game at Remo Stars. Their goalkeeper, Abdullateef Ishola, is suspended for the next three matches for reacting violently to a ball boy.
The Akure-based club has been issued a warning about any similar recurrence of the misconduct in their remaining fixtures.
Kano Pillars are in breach for the misconduct of their fans, leading to a delay in the transmission of a live broadcast as well as their supporters throwing objects onto the pitch in protest against the decision of a match official during their game against Plateau United.
The Kano club’s supporters acted in a manner capable of bringing the game to disrepute after failing to show the spirit of sportsmanship.
To this end, a fine of N10 million has been imposed on Kano Pillars for delaying the smooth transmission of a live broadcast, and they will pay a N1 million fine for the repeated offense of throwing objects onto the pitch, as well as another N1 million for misconduct capable of bringing the game into disrepute.
A N250,000 fine, being compensation, will be paid to assistant referee Sodiq Adejumo for injuries sustained.
The club will play their next home match(es) at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano before the mid-season break behind closed doors.
Gombe United failed to ensure adequate security, leading to disruption after the match against Rivers United, with supporters throwing objects onto the pitch and assaulting match officials.
Their head coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, also incited the assault and harassment of match officials, while the club officials and supporters failed to display sportsmanship by acting in a manner capable of bringing the game to disrepute.
For this, they have been fined N1 million for the repeated offense of failing to provide adequate security, and another N1 million fine is imposed for the repeated offense of throwing objects onto the field of play.
They have also been docked 3 points and 3 goals from their accumulated haul following the assault on match officials.
Their head coach, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, is suspended from the technical bench of the club for the next three matches.
A fine of N1 million is further imposed on them for misconduct capable of bringing the game into disrepute.
Gombe United will also pay a fine of N500,000 and compensation of N250,000 each to center referee Sa’id Abdul’Aziz and assistant referee Cletus Adewebi.
They are also ordered to play their next home match(es) at the Pantami Stadium behind closed doors before the mid-season break.
The four clubs have 48 hours from the notice of sanctions to appeal.