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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