The
League Management Company (LMC) on Thursday ruled that Nembe City will play
their next three home matches in Benin.
These
decisions and others including a financial fine on Nembe City were reached 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 extra time penalty awarded by the center Referee against
Nembe City. It noted that it was the action of the fans and not the protest of
Nembe City players, who though initially protested the penalty award that
caused the pitch invasion and inhibited the continuation of play
It
further observed that play could not have resumed even if Nembe City players
returned within five to twenty five minutes as stipulated by the Rules when the
fans refused to vacate the pitch and accordingly fined the club N500, 000 for
the unruly conduct of its players, officials and fans.
The
LMC therefore ordered that the botched match will 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 are without prejudice to the Organizing and Disciplinary
Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)

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