Lagos - The League Management Company has written to the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) requesting the exclusion of 12 Referees from
further officiating of NPFL matches pending investigations into their
respective performances in recent matches.
The 12 match officials are made up of four center referees
and eight assistant referees who officiated in fixtures of Match Day 33, 34 and
35. The matches are Match Day 33 in Makurdi between Nasarawa United and Rangers
International, match day 34 fixture in Umuahia between Abia Warriors and FC
IfeanyiUbah, match day 35 in Nnewi between FC IfeanyiUbah and Akwa United and
that in Lokoja between Niger Tornadoes and Enyimba.
In the letter to the NFF President, the LMC disclosed that
it would engage the leadership of the NFF Referees Committee and the Nigeria
Referees Association (NRA) to address perceived lapses that are capable of
casting the game in disrepute.
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It further noted that the LMC in asking for the exclusion of
the match officials from further participation in NPFL matches did not intend
to pass any form of judgment “until the relevant regulatory bodies have had an
opportunity to review material evidence which we would make available at the
consultative meeting, we are compelled by the exigency of time”.
The League body also explained that it has become necessary
to take the step in response to overwhelming concerns from all NPFL
participating clubs and interest from all stakeholders and the need to protect
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