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Heartland dismisses speculated LMC sanction

12 October 2013, 15:53

Abuja - Heartland FC of Owerri on Friday dismissed the speculations  that the club was on the verge of been expelled from the league by the League Management Company (LMC).

The club’s media officer, Cajetan Nkwopara, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on telephone that they there was no impending threat from the LMC to expel the club.

"The LMC has given no such order to Heartland. There is no case or even a petition that they are abandoning games or striking.

"This is a false allegation, everything is peaceful and we are working on everything so there is no cause for alarm,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the Owerri based club had been embroiled in some internal crisis that bordered on the outstanding wages of their players.

A development that had threatened the club’s participation in the ongoing league, which would have contravened Article 4.2 (3) of the LMC’s statutes, which says that clubs should not stay away from consecutive matches.

It was against the backdrop of the impending expulsion of Heartland from the league that Nkwopara debunked the stories making the round that the club would be expelled by the LMC.

The media officer stressed that the players were in training for their upcoming match, against El-Kanemi Warriors FC in Owerri and that there was no sign of a conflict in the team’s camp.

"They are in camp training for their next match which is at home, that was a misinformed report the LMC cannot sanction with no basis,’’ Nkwopara added.

Heartland are currently 15th on the Globacom League table with 46 points from 35 matches, their next outing is against El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri in Owerri on October 13.



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