Abuja - Following the show of shame that marred the match between FC Taraba
and Nasarawa United, a top player of the home team who didn't want his name
mentioned has declared that FIFA Badged Referee Ferdinand Udoh came to Jalingo
to ''act a script'' but he blamed the home fans for taking laws to their hands.
“The FIFA badged referee wanted to spoil the good name that he had built for so
many years because of #0.5 or #1 million,” the player told News24.
“In the pre-match meeting our chairman told him that he knows that it was
Nasarawa United that brought him to officiate the match in Jalingo but what he
was asking was for was him to be fair in officiating the game. Our chairman
said that he didn't want any favour from him but the rules of the game should
come to play and what is ours should be given to us. He urged him not to ''act
a script''. As suspected he acted it to the fullest,” the disappointed player
“At the end of the first half, could you believe that he was telling us that we
should come and win let him see? You can imagine such a statement.”
The young referee was accused of visiting the Solid Miners for a short period
“To our greatest surprise he changed his official jersey to his normal outfit
and made his way to the dressing room of Nasarawa United. It was then we knew
that we were in the Lions' Den.
“Second half resumed and he continued to cut our moves with his biased
officiating. We even had two clear penalties, as usual he denied us.
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“The angry fans then took the laws into their hands and descended on the
The player condemned the behavior of the fans saying it isn't a good omen for
Meanwhile, the two clubs will complete their disrupted fixture on 4th November
at the FIFA Goal Project Technical Centre in Abuja where they will continue
from the 81st minute while the Jolly Nyame Stadium has been banned for one year
from hosting any NPFL matches.
Referees Ferdinand Udoh, Efozia P and Digori Tejiri have been referred to the
NFF Referees Committee for further investigation of their management of the
The League Management Company said that Referee Udoh should be investigated for
allegedly visiting the dressing room of Nasarawa United during the half time
break in plain clothes, an act which is believed to have led to increased
tension and eventual encroachment on the field of play. They also will no
longer officiate in any NPFL games pending the outcome of the investigation
Relying on Article B13.9 of the Framework and Rules, the LMC imposed a fine of
N5m on FC Taraba for fans’ encroachment on to the field of play and breach of
security which led to the discontinuation of the match.
Further to this and in line with Article B13.21, FC Taraba has been ordered to
play their next three home matches at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja.
The LMC also frowned at the conduct of the Supporters Club of FC Taraba and
have subsequently banned them from all NPFL matches for the rest of the season
while the club has been ordered to pay N250, 000 each to the two match
officials, Udoh and Efozia that were assaulted.
It also invoked Article C12, to direct that the Jolly Nyame Stadium be banned
for one year from hosting NPFL matches except the club; FC Taraba produces the
first person that encroached on the field of play for prosecution.