The League Management Company has closed the disciplinary cases it opened against several erring clubs, players and club official/owner, after the concerned parties accepted the charges against them.
In a statement on its website, the LMC said it had closed the cases against the persons and clubs involved, with all parties also apologizing for their roles in ‘bringing the game into disrepute’.
“With the acceptance by all four clubs and individuals of the decisions contained in the recent League Management Company (LMC) Summary Jurisdiction notices; the league body has announced a closure of all these case treated,” the statement reads in part.
Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, while receiving the acceptance of notices and apologies from the concerned parties, posited that the sanctions were not meant to be punitive but correctional and ‘to uphold the sanctity of the rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and to assure all stakeholders of fairness in the application of all laid down regulations’.
Heartland, Ifeanyiubah, Plateau United and Sunshine Stars of Akure were the clubs sanctioned by the LMC for various infractions of the NPFL rulebook ranging from failure to control players and allowing access to unauthorized areas and security breaches at match venue leading to acts capable of bringing the league to disrepute.
Individuals sanctioned include the Proprietor of FC Ifeanyiubah, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Heartland’s goalkeeper, Ebele Obi and the Media Officer of Rangers International, Forster Chime who was fined for comments disparaging a Referee.
Ubah in a letter accepting to submit to the summary jurisdiction of the LMC pledged not to appeal the decision and offering an unconditional apology to the LMC, FC IfeanyiUbah fans and the football community while explaining that his actions were due to his overriding passion for the NPFL and its development.
“With a deep sense of humility, I ask Nigerians for their support and encouragement as I wish to state categorically that this will never repeat itself again as dire lessons have been learnt,” Ubah wrote in the letter dated April 2 and addressed the LMC Chief Operating Officer.