The League Management Company (LMC) has warned that it will expel Clubs in the Glo Premier League found to have compromised existing regulations to secure favourable results.
The warning is coming as the League body says the season has approached a crucial stage where Clubs are noted to desperately seek to secure results by all means and also warned that home teams that infringe on the rules face being sent to venues to be chosen by the LMC.
Chairman of the LMC, Hon. Nduka Irabor issued the twin warnings and stated that “we will not at this stage brook any scheming to influence the outcome of any match as such conducts that infringe on existing regulations will attract commensurate sanctions including throwing the guilty club out of the League”.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdulahi had at the presentation of the LMC-SuperSport broadcast sponsorship deal spoken of the threat of match fixing to the on-going League reforms and made known their joint resolve to hand over culprits, especially Referees to law enforcement agents for criminal prosecution.
But the LMC says it is working to guarantee the integrity of match results by taking proactive actions that will nip match-fixing.
“We will no longer order any club found guilty of certain stipulated infractions to play behind closed doors but will banish such clubs to venues to be chosen by the League body and this is still within the ambits of the regulations”, declared the LMC Boss.
He then assured all Clubs in the Glo League of continued fairness in the League organization while also encouraging the Referees to discharge their duties in accordance with the rules. “The Referees are the first of defense in ensuring the integrity of match results and they have a sacred responsibility to report those who attempt to compromise them as we assure them of protection. This is why we will not hesitate to banish clubs that compromise security to other centers”, Irabor noted.