The Nigeria Football Federation have intervened and have also threatened to melt out sanctions following the despicable act players of recently relegated Nigeria Premier League side FC Taraba were been subjected to.
The players of FC Taraba are agitating for the payment of their backlog of salaries running to 11 months and in the process of taking their complaints to the Taraba State Government House through a peaceful protest, the players were assaulted by security details attached to the Government House in Jalingo.
That development expectedly sparked up wide criticism from the Players’ Union (APFON), the League Management Company (LMC) and the general public; particularly football fans.
Rising from his Annual General Meeting, AGM, the NFF ruled that if necessary steps were not taken to ameliorate the plight of the players, The Taraba State Government risks being banned from operating or being the owner of any professional Club in Nigeria until further notice.
A part of the communiqué issued from Wednesday’s NFF AGM read: “Pursuant to the above, Congress strongly decried the treatment meted to the FC Taraba players by security personnel attached to the Taraba Government House, and Congress thus adopted the recommendation of the LMC on the sporting sanctions imposed on FC Taraba to ensure the payment of the salaries and allowances of the players with immediate effect.
“Congress further empowered the Executive Committee to bar the Taraba State Government from operating or being the owner of any professional Club in Nigeria and/or expel FC Taraba from participating in all Leagues and NFF competitions in case of further harassment of FC Taraba players. All other club owners are forewarned in this vein.”
While FC Taraba may not be alone in owing players, there have been no records of players being manhandled in process of agitating for their owed monies