Abuja - The League
Management Company (LMC) on Monday imposed a six points deduction on three
clubs, Dolphins, Warri Wolves and FC Taraba which will automatically count if
they fail to liquidate all financial indebtedness to players and Managers.
Players of Warri Wolves were also admonished to follow laid down procedures in
seeking to enforce their industrial rights with a promise by the LMC Chairman,
Shehu Dikko that the rights of every football player in the Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL) will be protected at all times.
Dikko in a
warning to the players said, "Wolves players, let the system work or face
ban. We will fight for you and every other player in the NPFL but we must also
follow the rules in seeking our rights under any circumstance".
The decision to
deduct six points from Warri Wolves and FC Taraba was sequel to the failure of
the two clubs to pay backlog of salaries owed the players 60 days after they
were served notices of Exercise of Surmary Jurisdiction by the LMC.
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letters to the three clubs, Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of
LMC, wrote, "you are in breach of Article B9.45 of the Framework and
Rules, that is the failure to pay financial entitlements owed to players for a
period of more than 60 days".
consequently ordered a suspended six points deduction on both teams which will
be activated by November 14 should they still fail to remedy the breach.
points deduction referred to is suspended for a period of 14 clear working days
and the points deduction shall immediately come into effect from the date of
this decision provided that if the club fails to remedy the breach within the
Warri Wolves was
on August 25, issued the notice of summary jurisdiction to offset financial
indebtedness to the players and were handed a 60 days’ notice to pay off the
debts. FC Taraba was also on October 2 issued an ultimatum of 10 working days
to commence payment of debts owed players. Three clubs now have up to November
14, 2015 to avoid points deduction.