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Referees: Why we abandoned Nigeria matches

28 August 2014, 17:33Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) has explained the reasons why it withdrew from all Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) organized matches.

The NRA also ordered its members not to officiate the week 26 games of the Glo Nigerian Premier League and the Nigeria Women’s League scheduled for the weekend.

Chairman of NRA Ahmed Maude told News24 Nigeria that the gridlock in football in the country is the high point of their protest.

“The impasse currently going on in the administration of the game is the major reason why we took that decision.”

“Also, we are not carried along and are abandoned when it comes to decision making in the premier league. The League Management Company don’t take us seriously in their dealings, and it’s not supposed to be so.” He told News24 Nigeria.

Also read: Nigeria football referees down tools

Maude noted that copies of their protest letter have been sent to the appropriate bodies.

“They have seen our letters and they support that no league game should be played this weekend, so when peace returns and everything is normal, football action will return too.” He concluded.

The NFF held its General Assembly on Tuesday amidst crisis and tension. A faction conducted election in a different venue that saw Chris Giwa emerge as the new president, while another faction has fixed the election for September 4.

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