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Kano Pillars refute match-fixing

11 August 2014, 12:34

Kano – Glo Nigeria Premier League leaders Kano Pillars have refuted reports which suggest that they were involved in match-fixing this season.

Management at the club maintains that the match-fixing allegations against them are both malicious and completely baseless.

"That statement was baseless and it was just sabotage by those against the progress of Pillars FC, and the management of Kano Pillars would not allow this allegation to go without taking judicial action on anybody found responsible on it," Pillars media officer Idris Malikawa told KickOffNigeria.

At the centre of the storm is a document which has emerged in the media which reportedly details the minutes of meeting in which officials at Pillars discussed possible plans to influence the outcome of away matches during the season.

The source of that document has yet to be named but according to the document, the intention was to spend more than N600 000 in an attempt to win over match officials at Premier League matches.

Also read: Kano Pillars fortify squad

The plan was that the center referee would be allocated a sum of N300,000 for a draw and N500,000 for a win. If found guilty of the allegations, the club risks being banned by CAF and FIFA from competitive matches. However, Pillars are sticking to their story.

Malikawa said it was important that those who make the allegations present hard evidence supporting their claims. If they failed to do so Pillars are expected to take legal action of their own.

"That statement was just concocted by our enemies of progress and if they have evidence let them prove it or they should blame themselves on any action taking and even to anybody that have hand on it on whatever capacity," he asserted.

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