Rangers
International, Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes have been issued
summary jurisdiction notices by the League Management Company (LMC)
for various breaches they committed in the course of Match Day 1 of
the Nigeria Football Professional League (NPFL) 2016/17 season
concluded over the weekend.

It
was Rangers that got cited for more serious breaches which include
Rules B13.52, B13.18 and C1.1 which attracted a cumulative fine of
N2.750milliom.

In
the first charge for breach of Rule B13.52, the league champions were
accused of not ensuring restriction of access to unauthorized persons
to all restricted areas in the course of their fixture against Abia
Warriors.

In
the course of your Match Day 1 fixture: Rangers International vs.
Abia Warriors, you failed to ensure restriction of access by
unauthorized persons from all restricted areas in the course of the
match, when two (2) men gained access to the corridor of the
Referees’ changing room in an attempt to intimidate and or harass
the Referees; and they further gained access to the State Box to
harass officials of the visiting team”, read charge signed by
Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer.

In
count two, the LMC charged Rangers with breach of Rule 13.18 citing
the encroachment on the field of play and throwing of objects towards
the field of play by the club’s supporters.

On
the third count, Rangers was charged with breach of Rule C1.1,
punishable by Rule B15.16 for their supporters’ conduct which was
deemed capable of bringing the League to disrepute. This conduct the
charge read, “included their attempt to assault match officials and
hauling stones and other missiles at the match officials while they
were being escorted off the field of play by security personnel, in
the process of which the Match Commissioner and a security operative
were injured by missiles thrown”.

The
Enugu State Police Command had in the aftermath of the incident
admonished Supporters of Rangers International to refrain from taking
laws into their hands no matter how aggrieved they could be over the
outcome of a football match. The command’s spokesperson, Ebere
Amaraizu further warned that the Police would not tolerate abuse of
the laws of the land by club supporters.

Lobi
Stars were charged for failing to have the surname of their players
written at the back of their jerseys during their match against
Shooting Stars in breach of Rule B9.7 and punishable under Rule
B9.12, of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL, in that on Sunday. The
Club was fined N100, 000.

On
their part, Niger Tornadoes was charged for having the design and
lettering of shirt names and numbers of their players that did not
meet the prescribed standard and which did not meet the approval of
the league. Tornadoes are to pay N100, 000 for this breach.

All
the clubs have a deadline of close of business on Thursday to respond
in writing indicating acceptance of the sanctions or electing to
appeal.

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