FC Ifeanyi Ubah have been charged for breaching the Framework & Rule of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following their refusal to continue with the opening game of the 2017 season against Kano Pillars on Saturday, prompting the game to be called off.

The Anambra Warriors have been fined a total of N9.15million by the League Management Company (LMC) and three points have been awarded to Pillars. A further five points will be deducted from accrued points which will be suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the NPFL season.

The privately owned club are to pay a fine of N3million for refusing to continue the game, which was left abandoned in the 50th minute. The home side were already leading by a lone goal scored by Gambo Mohammed in the first half.

The Federation Cup holders were also charged for hindering and infringing on the fulfillment of the Broadcast Contract of the league game and were fined N5m.

For conduct capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute, FC Ifeanyi Ubah shall pay a fine of N1m.

They shall also pay a fine of N150,000 for causing a delay to the restart of the NPFL game against the Sai Masu Gida after half time without good reason.

An official of the Anambra side, Mr. Igwe Jonathan has also been charged for misconduct with manners capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute during the game, and has been fined N500,000.

According to the LMC, Mr. Igwe persistently challenged the referee’s decisions, communicated on the phone improperly within the technical area and ordered FC Ifeanyi Ubah players to leave the pitch and discontinue the game.

The official, Mr. Igwe was also suspended from all NPFL match venues till the NFF Ethics Committee determines the matter.

FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s coach Yaw Preko was charged for breach of Article 6 of code for Managers and Coaches (Appendix B) for failing and or neglecting to take all reasonable steps to ensure that players and other employees under his control accept and observe the authority and decisions of match officials and promote the highest standards on the field of play. For the negligence, the Coach has been reprimanded.

Referee, Funso Ajayi from Oyo State was referred to the NFF for failing “to meet up with the high standard expected in the Nigeria Professional Football League and exhibiting unsatisfactory game management”.

The LMC recommended that Ajayi be withdrawn from consideration for future NPFL matches, pending a full review into her performance.

All erring parties have 48 hours, not later than Wednesday, January 18, 2017, to submit to the sanctions imposed or elect to appeal.


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