The Nigeria Premier League has sanctioned the management of Kwara Utd FC, Zamfara Utd FC and Ranch Bees FC for related offence of crowd violence, assault and intimidation by their supporters club on match officials and club officials in the week 27 matches played over the weekend in their respective canters.
NPL in a statement signed by Head Competition Department, Mr. Tunji Babalola states that, Kwara Utd FC supporters club were responsible for the attack on Referee, Paul Umuagbo of Delta Referees Council and the Chairman of Kaduna Utd FC, Hon. M.H.Sabo Babayaro in Ilorin in the match involving Kwara Utd FC Vs Kaduna Utd FCÂ thereby contravening Article 5.8(1) of the rules and regulations. Similarly, Kaduna Utd FC clubâ€™s bus windscreen was smashed by Kwara United FC supporters an incident that happened shortly after the match.
Based on the above, the following decisions are taken by NPL pending the outcome of the sitting of the NFF Disciplinary Committee: Kwara United FC be fined One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) only. Shall play its subsequent home games behind closed doors starting from week 29.The Ilorin based sideÂ shall also pay a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) only for attacking Referee Paul Umuagbo of Delta Referees Council and another Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) being medical bills to Hon. M.H. Sabo Babayaro.
The team shall also pay for the cost of damaged windscreen of Kaduna United FC bus . According to NPL, the payment should be made before Kwara United FC home match with Ocean Boys FC. The club was also directed to identify the perpetrators for prosecution within two weeks or face stiffer sanctions.
Zamfara United was also slammed with a N200,000.00 fine forÂ attacking the ARI (Akpoo Victor) in Gusau. The match report indicated that, AR (1) Akpoo Victor was assaulted and the pre_match meeting was disrupted by the supporters of Zamfara Utd FC. The incident forced the away team (Sunshine Stars FC) to leave the pre_match meeting prematurely.
In Kaduna, the match officials were held hostage for an hour by the supporters of home team (Ranch Bees FC) while some unidentified hooligans dispossessed the match officials of cash, kits belonging to AR 1 (Joseph Okeke) and a pair of flag of the ARII (Abbas Mohammed). The management of Ranch Bees were told to pay for the lost items of the match officials.