Abuja - The League Management Company (LMC) on Thursday said
Heartland Football Club of Owerri has written to it communicating its decision
to withdraw an earlier rejection of the company’s decision.
The company, in a statement by Harry Iwuala, its Head of
Special Projects, said the club had accepted the Summary Jurisdiction Notice
issued the club for abandoning a match.
The club had abandoned its Match Day 38 fixture in Jos
against hosts Plateau United FC on Oct. 2.
The fixture was one of the final match day games in the
2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which ended same day.
The LMC said in the statement that Plateau United had
earlier accepted the Summary Jurisdiction Notice which indicated a fine of N1
million against it.
This was for the unruly conduct of its supporters who threw
objects into the field of play in violation of Rules B13.18 of the Framework
The LMC had in the aftermath of the match charged Heartland
FC with a breach of Rule B13.26 of the NPFL Framework and Rules.
The rule makes it an offence for a club to refuse
continuation of play during a match.
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Heartland FC was fined N3 million and forfeiture of the
three points and three goals to opponents Plateau United.
It could be recalled that Heartland FC players had abandoned
the match protesting the match referee’s decision with scores at 1-1.
LMC said the General Manager of Heartland FC, Oscar Keke,
had in the club’s letter dated Oct. 11 said it had reconsidered the position
stated in an Oct. 7 letter.
The club had in the letter rejected the charge as well as
the decision of the LMC.
“Our earlier letter on the above, dated Oct. 7, refers: We
have reconsidered our position and hereby submit to the board’s jurisdiction
LMC said the club further apologised for inconveniences its
earlier position might have caused the League.
It said Heartland FC thus ended the season in the 18th
position with 36 points and stand relegated to the Nigeria National League
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