The management of Gombe United Football Club has appealed to the Nigeria Premier Football League Disciplinary Committee to reconsider its position on the sanctions imposed on the team over alleged misconduct.
This is contained in a statement by the secretary of the club, Bala Abubakar, on Wednesday in Gombe.
He stated that the club is appealing to the committee to reconsider the harsh penalties imposed on the team following fans' misconduct during their Week 17 match against Rivers United.
“The club expresses deep remorse for the ‘unacceptable actions’ of certain individuals involved in the alleged attempted assault on match officials.
“The club is surprised by how ‘a few bad eggs’ could jeopardize the team’s progress and damage the peaceful reputation of Pantami Stadium, known for its vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
Abubakar attributed the behavior of some fans to the human element of occasional mistakes, which is not a norm, hence the need for leniency from the committee.
“While acknowledging the severity of the misconduct, we urge the disciplinary committee to consider a more lenient approach.
“This is a heartfelt plea for leniency, hoping that the committee will grant our request for a review of the penalty.
“We reiterate our unwavering obedience to the NPFL’s rules and regulations while emphasizing our desire to move forward constructively,” he said.
The secretary said that the leadership of the club was making efforts to promote sportsmanship among supporters, reiterating the club’s dedication to fan education and enlightenment.
Abubakar promised to take additional measures in collaboration with the fans club leadership to strengthen crowd control and ensure that such incidents never occur again.
“We are committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and sportsmanship,” he said.
Gombe United FC was on Monday deducted three points, three goals, and fined N3.5 million for various offenses in their last home league match against Rivers United FC on Sunday.