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Fed Cup: Crown FC to appeal NFF Disciplinary Committee verdict

25 October 2016, 16:20

Ogbomoso - Crown FC of Ogbomoso says it will appeal the Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee’s verdict on the controversial Federation Cup semi-finals between FC IfeanyiUbah and the club.

The club’s Media Officer, Oyekunle Oyeleye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Ogbomoso that the club would explore available legal and reasonable mechanisms to press for justice.

The committee had in its verdict on Oct. 24, cleared FC IFeanyiUbah to play in the final of the 2016 Nigeria Federation Cup.

“We reject the verdict and will file an appeal against the judgment. The judgement is unfair,’’ he said.

He wondered why the NFF was silent on the disallowed goal when it admitted that the match officials acted unprofessionally in the way they officiated the game.

The media officer said that Crown management will pursue the case to a logical conclusion for posterity’s sake.

Also read: Fed Cup: Crown ambush FC IfeanyiUbah in Kaduna

Oyeleye said that the club would not relent until justice was done.

“If it takes only Crown FC to stand up to injustice, decay, un- professionalism and favouritism, we shall do that for we know posterity will someday judge each person accordingly.

“We are prepared to make an academic history from this very case so much that generations yet unborn will sometime make it a discourse for academic purposes.

“We are not fighting because the judgement of the Disciplinary Committee did not favour us, rather, for perpetual assault on Nigeria football by a class of bourgeoisie murdering football for parochial interest,’’ he said.

The committee had ruled that the 1-2 results in favour of FC IfeanyiUbah stands and consequently awarded the sum of N200,000 against the petitioner for encroachment.

The committee equally referred the Match Commissioner and Referees to the various disciplinary committees for unprofessional conduct during the match.

It said that the officials having been found to have acted unprofessionally were referred to the NFF Referees Committee for Disciplinary actions.

It said that they should not be appointed for any match until the outcome of the committee’s decision.

The committee, however, said that all parties had the right to appeal its decision if not satisfied with the verdict.


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