The Nigeria Football Federation on Monday issued a stern warning to all football stakeholders in the country against penchant for taking football matters to ordinary courts of law.
â€œSome persons within the football family appear to have forgotten the etho that you donâ€™t take football matter to an ordinary court of law. Those persons are living in dreamland and have been recruiting unsuspecting or equally ignorant fellows into their fold.
â€œOur warning today is that anyone who takes football matters to ordinary court of law in this country will begin to face the music. We are very serious about this. Those persons who like to go to ordinary court on football issues at the drop of a hat should go and read Article 64 of the FIFA Statutes and Article 75 of the NFF Statutes,â€ NFF General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Ojo_Oba said in Abuja.
Article 64 of the FIFA Statutes reads, inter alia:â€1) The Confederations, Members and Leagues shall agree to recognise CAS as an independent judicial authority and to ensure that their members, affiliated Players and Officials comply with the decisions passed by CAS.
The same obligation shall apply to licensed match and playersâ€™ agents. 2) Recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations 3) The Associations shall insert a clause in their statutes or regulations, stipulating that it is prohibited to take disputes in the Association or disputes affecting Leagues, members of Leagues, clubs, members of clubs, Players, Officials and other Association Officials to ordinary courts of law…â€
Article 75 of NFF Statutes reads: â€œ1) NFF, its Members, Players, Officials and match and playersâ€™ agents will not take any dispute to Ordinary Courts unless specifically provided for in these Statutes and FIFA regulations.
Any disagreement shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of FIFA, CAF, WAFU or NFF (2) NFF shall have jurisdiction on internal national disputes, i.e. disputes between parties belonging to NFF. FIFA shall have jurisdiction on international disputes, i.e. disputes between parties belonging to different Associations and/or Confederations.