Lagos - Billionaire businessman Ifeanyi Ubah has appologised for punching Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel’s older brother, Ebele during a Nigeria Premier League game.
Ebele Obi, the goalkeeper of Heartland FC was punched by the owner of FC IfeanyiUbah on March 23.
The League Management Company (LMC) consequently banned the businessman for 10 games, with a fine of N2.5m, and an apology letter.
The LMC has now confirmed that Ifeanyi Ubah has apologized, while regretting his action.
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According to the body, Dr. Ubah in a letter accepting to submit to the summary jurisdiction of the LMC pledged not to appeal the decision and offering an unconditional apology to the LMC, FC IfeanyiUbah fans and the football community while explaining that his actions were due to his overriding passion for the NPFL and its development. He explained in the letter that he was moved to intervene by the actions of Heartland players towards the referee after the match with FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi, an action which led to some over reaction that he regrets.
“May I conclude by rendering my unconditional apology to my numerous fans nationwide and in Diaspora for the incident and outcome. To the football family and the LMC, I promise to uphold the tenets of the game while promising to remain a good ambassador of the sport.
“To those who feel disappointed by the outcome, I plead that you find a place in your hearts to forgive me. With a deep sense of humility, I ask Nigerians for their support and encouragement as I wish to state categorically that this will never repeat itself again as dire lessons have been learnt,” Chief Ubah wrote in the letter dated April 2 and addressed the LMC Chief Operating Officer.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.