Abuja - Giwa FC of Jos and two of its players have been sanctioned by the
League Management Company (LMC) for their roles in the abandoned match day 38
fixture in Lafia against hosts, Nasarawa United.
The Jos-based side had refused to continue with the game on 34th
minute forcing the Referee to call of the match at the expiration of the first
half thereby breaching article 13.26 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria
Professional Football League.
The players, Amos Gyang and Nojeem Raji had on separate occasions
refused to retire to the dressing room after being expelled for initial violent
Giwa FC was fined N3, 000, 000, a deduction of three points and
forfeiture of three points and three goals to Nasarawa United for the abandoned
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For assaulting a ball boy, Gyang was charged for breach of article
C1 for violent conduct amounting to misconduct, contrary to the principles of
sportsmanship and capable of bringing the league to disrepute. On the second
charge of breach of article C8, he was charged for refusal to retire to the
dressing room after being sent off the match by the Referee.
He was fined N50, 000 on the first count and suspended for two
matches on the second count.
Raji was banned for six matches for breach of article C1 of the
Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League which cited him
for failing to show respect for the decision of the Referee, when he punched
the Referee in the face amid protests by his teammates. He was thus cited for
conduct contrary to the principle of sportsmanship and capable of bringing the
League to disrepute.
On the second charge, Raji was cited for breach of article C8 of
the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, for
refusing to leave the field of play after he was issued with a red card and
sent off by the Referee. He was therefore suspended for two matches.
The club and the players have the options to accept the decisions
of the LMC or opt for an appearance before a panel and any of the options must
be communicated to the LMC in writing within 48 hours.