Warri
Wolves and FC IfeanyiUbah were handed varying fines and sanctions by the League
Management Company (LMC) on Thursday in a Summary Jurisdiction notice issued
the two clubs for breaches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
Rules during their respective Match Days 25 and 26 fixtures.
FC
IfeanyiUbah was cited for contravening Rules B8.21 and B13.52 of the Framework
and Rules for their failure to provide adequate security for match officials
when the Referee was assaulted at his hotel room after the match against Sunshine
Stars on Match Day 25.
The
Referee also lost some of his personal belongings in the process.
The
LMC decision however took cognizance of the prompt action of officials of FC
IfeanyiUbah in compensating the Referee for the lost items and fined the club
N750, 000. The club has 48 hours within which to submit in writing to the
summary jurisdiction or elect for a hearing.
Warri
Wolves were cited for multiple breaches which include Rules B13.18, B8.21,
B13.52 and C1.
Under
Rules B.13.18, Warri Wolves was charged for the encroachment on to the field of
play by their Stewards and Supporters immediately after the match and fined N1,
000, 000. The club was further fined N750, 000 for breach of Rules B8.21 and
B13.52.
Warri
Wolves was cited for breach of Rules C1 in that the club stewards and
supporters severally assaulted the match officials after the match against
Wikki Tourists on Match Day 26 including at their hotel rooms thereby failing
to show sportsmanship and conducting themselves in a manner capable of bringing
the league to disrepute.
Consequently,
the club was fined N1, 250, 000 representing N250, 000 each as compensation for
the assault on the Match Commissioner and the four Referees. The club was also
directed to pay another N250, 000 being the value of the items lost by the
match officials in the course of the assault.
The
next three home games of Warri Wolves have been ordered to be played behind
closed doors with the execution of the last two suspended subject to good
conduct for the remainder of the season.
The
LMC also noted that in consideration of the gravity of the offence, including
the assault perpetrated by the Stewards of the club and several incidents of
assault, including at the hotel rooms, a suspended two-points deduction has
been ordered on Wolves subject to good conduct for the remainder of the season.

Warri
Wolves have 48 hours within which to submit in writing to the summary
jurisdiction or elect for a hearing.

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