Lagos - Nigerian champions Enyimba and its Supporters Club
have been fined over N5m for field encroachment and the disruption of the
trophy presentation ceremony by its supporters, who have also been seriously
reprimanded by the League Management Company (LMC) for their behavior in Aba
and at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Match Day 38 of the 2014/15 Glo Premier
The Club has been charged by the LMC for violation of
article B13.18 of the Rules and Framework of the Nigeria Professional Football
League (NPFL) citing repeated pitch invasions in Aba and Lagos.
Thousands of fans thronged the pitch while the LMC
leadership and dignitaries were about to present the 2014/15 Glo Premier League
trophy to winners, Enyimba, causing a disruption in the schedule of the planned
Last season at the Enyimba International Stadium, fans of
Kano Pillars executed a similar pitch invasion when their club was to be
presented the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season trophy and the club was fined
N2m for the infraction. The LMC says it would not condone such disruptive acts
that deny sponsors and other stakeholders the marketing benefits and beauty of
such well-planned ceremonies.
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In a Summary Jurisdiction notice issued Enyimba FC, the LMC
charged the Supporters Club for violating Article B13.18 of the rules and
relying on Article B15.16 which provides that Clubs would be held responsible
for the behavior of their fans fined Enyimba N500, 000 for the invasion of the
Enyimba International Stadium pitch after they secured the trophy with a nil
all draw against Warri Wolves on Match Day 37.
In the second charge of disruption of the trophy
presentation ceremony on Match Day 38 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the newly
crowned Glo Premier League champions were fined N2, 000, 000 bringing the total
While the Supporters Club of Enyimba have expressed regrets
and apologized for their conduct, the LMC has written to sternly reprimand the
Supporters Club and warned them to desist from such behavior in their future
activities. The LMC said while it would strategist with security agencies to
improve operations during future events, fans and all such unauthorized persons
who encroach on the field after games and during ceremonies will be apprehended
and handed over to the Police.
The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) which was the
state host FA for the match between Sunshine Stars and Enyimba has however also
written to the LMC a formal letter of apology to the LMC expressing regrets
over the invasion of the pitch by fans during the trophy presentation ceremony
on Match Day 38 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The letter signed by the Vice Chairman of LSFA read, “we
write to offer an unreserved apology for the unpleasant incident that occurred
during the final match of the recently concluded Nigeria Professional Football
League match between Sunshine Stars and Enyimba at the Teslim Balogun Stadium,
indeed the unruly behavior of the fans is totally regrettable".
The Lagos FA assured the LMC that the association will work
to ensure the needful is done in future matches they will be involved in its
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