Abuja - In a bid to forestall further disruption of football
matches in the current season, the Nigeria National League (NNL) has come down
heavily on Jigawa Golden Stars for the crowd trouble which led to the
abandonment of their Week One league match against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
The match was disrupted and abandoned in the 79th minute
after the match officials were alleged to have been molested and visiting team
players and officials manhandled by home team’s supporters. Wikki was leading
1-0 before Jigawa Golden Stars fans were said to have encroached into the field
of play which is a serious offence.
Rising from an emergency meeting in Abuja, the management of
NNL handed out series of sanctions to the Dutse-based club for the acts of
hooliganism which brought the game to disrepute even as the visiting team has
been awarded three points and three goals.
In addition, Jigawa Golden Stars will have to play its next
three matches behind closed doors just as the club will pay a fine of One
Million Naira (N1 000 00.00) only into the coffers of the NNL and it must be
paid before the team’s next home match to serve as deterrent to any other club
that will ferment trouble in the league.
According to the NNL Secretary, Lawrence Katken, the
sanctions meted out to Jigawa Golden Stars in the wake of the disruption of
their first season’s match against Wikki Tourists is as a result of the
contravention of the Article 1.3 of the Rules and Regulations of the
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