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Baribote blames clubs bosses

12 February 2014, 17:03

Lagos - Former chairman of the Nigerian Premier League (NPL), Victor Baribote has said unless football administrators stop the win-at-all-costs syndrome, stadium stands in Nigeria will continue to be empty during league games.

Baribote said that most administrators were in the habit of winning matches by inducing referees.

“This is why Nigerian league matches are unattractive to watch. It is not true that referees are responsible for favouring teams to win matches, especially home games.

“The administrators are the ones conniving with the referees to win games at all costs,” he said.

According to Baribote, administrators should allow spectators enjoy matches by not bribing referees to win games for them.

The Nembe City chairman said with the caliber of players in the league and the huge football-loving fans, the Nigerian league would have ranked one of the best in the world.

“But this is not the case because our administrators want to win matches at all costs, to retain their jobs.

“I have had cause to tell people not to hold referees responsible over the issue of bribing to win matches. It is the administrators that go to referees and not referees going to them to demand for bribes”.

“We must collectively join hands to make our league grow by allowing our football fans to enjoy matches like they do in the English Premier League and the `La Liga' (the Spanish League)," Baribote added.


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