The League Management Company (LMC) have in a letter protested the reported manhandling of players of FC Taraba by some Soldiers attached to the state government house in Jalingo to the Office of the Taraba State Governor.
FC Taraba players were at the Government House on Friday to press their demand for the payment of arrears of eleven months salary by the Management of the club owned by the Taraba State Government. Soldiers on duty at the Government House were said to have assaulted the players who had barricaded the entrance to the government house but the LMC in the letter as made available on its official website have condemned the conduct of the men of the Nigerian Army, insisting their act was unacceptable.
In the letter to the Taraba State Government the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko reminded the Taraba state government of their undertaking earlier in the season to pay all the outstanding entitlements of the players and expressed surprise that the promise was not kept even after the season had ended.
“The LMC received with dismay the report of the said assault on the players by the soldiers attached to the government house. We consider it unacceptable and condemn this action by the soldiers in its totality.”
“It was on the strength of the undertaking to the LMC by the government in a letter dated September 25, 2015 with Reference No. GHJ/COS/S/3 and signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor and subsequent engagements which led to the commencement of some payments to the players that led to the suspension of sporting sanctions placed on the club for breaches of the Rules and Framework.”
The LMC therefore reiterated that those sporting sanctions would be enforced should the Club not provide evidence to prove that the players have received their entitlements. Dikko listed some of the sanctions to include “that all funds due to FC Taraba from the LMC would be withheld and used to commence payment to players on pro rata basis.
“That there will be a transfer ban on FC Taraba which means that the club will not be allowed to buy any new player until they have paid all outstanding due to the current players.
“That the LMC will seize all the revenues to be generated by FC Taraba from transfer of players as such revenue would be used to offset any outstanding debts due to the current players.”
“The LMC would wish to also remind the club that it may not be allowed to register as a club for the next season in any of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) leagues until they have paid the players and or would start the season with a six points deduction.”
Dikko concluded by informing the club that “In addition to the foregoing, the LMC has put the Taraba State Government on notice that additional sanctions shall be meted out to the club should government fail to pay the players as they promised and or any further maltreatment of the players occur.”
The LMC letter said such further sanctions may include but not limited to issuing free clearance to the players of the club without prejudice to the amount of money owed them. It will also make a case to the NFF Executive Committee to ban the Taraba State Government from operating or being the owner of any professional football club in Nigeria and or expel FC Taraba from participating in all leagues and NFF competitions.