The Nigeria Premier League has stated that they have decided to amend the rules so that sanity can come back the league in all ramifications.

Acting Executive Secretary, Tunji Babalola said in Abuja that all the clubs will have the rules which they will share to their players this week.

“We are ready for the start of the league this week. But we are also ready to enforce the rules so that we can turn the fortunes of the game around in the country.

“We know that the clubs will study the amended rules and regulations so that they will not run foul of it”.

Among that amended rules include Articles 3.7(1) which says that “Intimidation and harassment of match officials by clubs supporter(s)/fans or club officials before, during, or after pre-match meetings is strictly prohibited and attracts a fine of Five Million Naira only {N5, 000, 000.00},

payable before the club’s next home match”.

Articles 3.7(2) “Where the match officials are harassed or intimidated, Match Commissioners are empowered to call off or discontinue with the meetings and or the matches”.

Articles 3.7(3) “Upon receipt of the Match Commissioner’s report, 3 points 3 goals shall be deducted from the already accrued points of the offending team, and their opponent shall be credited with 3 points and 3 goals”.

The Nigeria Premier League enjoins all clubs to strictly adhere to the new rules so that Nigerians will enjoy the domestic game in the country which kicks off this Saturday.

Enyimba’s Chiedozie Johnson

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