League Management Company (LMC) boss, Shehu Dikko has advised club owners and administrators to display acts that will enhance a peaceful atmosphere at match venues.
Speaking during the mid season review with club owners at the LMC headquarters in Abuja on Monday, the LMC boss who also doubles as an NFF vice president was of the opinion that fans read the body language of the administrators before reacting negatively during matchdays.
“When we mandated the club leaderships to sit together at matches, the reasoning was that when both leaders are seen in such friendly stance, tension will be reduced amongst their supporters.
“These fans read your body language and when a club chairman reacts negatively to a Referees’ decision, the wrong signal has been sent to the supporters hence I urge you to eschew display of emotions while watching matches. It is your responsibility to lead this campaign for friendly atmosphere at matches”, charged Dikko.
The LMC boss further promised that the LMC will partner with the Nigeria Referees Association and the Referees Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation to explore ways of improving quality officiating, thereby repositioning the league better.
“By our assessment, the Referees performed well so far. We know it can always get better and we would strengthen our work with the NFF Referees’ Committee and the NRA to improve on what was obtained but we also want the clubs to realize that decisions cannot always go their way. The Referees are human and liable to make mistakes but whenever we have reviewed a match and discovered incompetence, such Referees were punished no matter how long it took us to review the game”, Dikko assured the clubs.
He concluded by wishing the clubs a successful second half of the season.