By Jude Opara, Abuja
THE Chairman of the League Management Company of Nigeria (LMC), Mallam Shehu Dikko has assured of the readiness of his organization to be firm in interpreting the rules of the game without any bias.
Dikko who spoke in Abuja while reacting to the events that led to the 2017 league opener between former champions Kano Pillars and FC Ifeanyi Ubah that was abandoned said the incident has opened the eyes of the LMC.
He further stated that the abandonment is like a blessing in disguise because it happened in the very first week of the 38-week long season and has positioned the LMC to take a critical assessment of each fixture adding that any erring club will be sanctioned.
Dikko also said the league management body is poised to ensure that the quality of the game in the country was improved to the level where hooliganism and the win at home syndrome will be things of the past.
“What happened at the Week 1 fixture in Kano is regrettable and the management of Ifeanyi Ubah has apologised and promised that such will never happen again. However I can add that it is a blessing in disguise because it has opened our eyes and any club that steps out of the line will be punished without fear or favour.
“We at the LMC are working hard to ensure that our league becomes more family friendly where families will be happy to go and watch matches and return home without any adverse incident. We are building a league where there will be zero tolerance for hooliganism and the win at home mentality.”
The LMC boss further revealed that the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) has been charged to admonish its members to be above board in their handling of league matches so as to reduce incidents of friction.