Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation has come down hard
on Premier League club Giwa FC for their conduct in the abandoned game with
Enugu Rangers at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on April 17.
The NFF Disciplinary Board met on Monday and after a careful
observation of all documentary evidence presented before it, took drastic
According to the NFF Disciplinary Board, adequate invitation
notice was served to GIWA FC requesting that they forward their written
submission to the secretariat of the NFF Disciplinary Board and also appear
before the Board on 25th April, 2016 by 10:00am. This invitation was not
honoured by GIWA FC
The NFF Disciplinary Board also adopts all sanctions earlier
pronounced by the LMC which the NFF Disciplinary Board after careful
observation noted, are in in line with the Rules and Regulations Guiding the
activities of the LMC.
It also added additional sanctions to GIWA FC for further
violating sections of the FIFA Code of Ethics, FIFA Disciplinary Code and the
LMC Rules and Regulations.
Decision of the NFF Disciplinary Board imposed fine of
N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira only) for the discontinuation of the match.
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“The match shall be continued behind closed doors at the
National Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday, 27th April, 2016, from the point of
disruption (i.e. from the 74th minute) and the result of the match at the point
of disruption shall stand (i.e. 0-1).
“Due to the disturbances as stated in paragraph 2 above,
Giwa FC is banned from the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos for its next three home
matches, which shall be played at the Ilorin Township Stadium, Ilorin, Kwara
“In addition, due to the persistent nature of such
disturbances by supporters of Giwa FC in the match under review, Giwa FC shall
play its remaining home matches behind closed doors and supporters of the Club
are banned from all League match venues for the remainder of the season;
provided that the LMC reserves the right to lift the ban at any time on the
condition of receipt of firm and satisfactory assurance and commitment
(including training and orientation seminar for supporters of the Club under
the supervision of the LMC) guaranteeing the responsible behaviour and orderly
conduct of supporters of the Club.
“A fine of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only)
for failure to ensure adequate security.
“A fine of N750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Naira only) for failure to control their players and officials.
“A fine N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira only) -
being N250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) each - for
assault on the Referee and the Match Commissioner.
“Giwa FC is required to ensure, within the next seven days,
that in addition to the apprehension of one Sodiq Goje, his co-culprit
identified as one Mustapha Apiya is also apprehended and prosecuted by the
relevant security agencies, for assaulting the Referee, failure of which a fine
of N25,000.00 (Twenty Five Thousand Naira only) per day shall accrue, until
such time the offender is apprehended and charged to court.
“For acts and conduct capable of bringing the game to
disrepute, a suspended two-point deduction is imposed on Giwa FC, subject to
any subsequent incidents of disturbances by supporters of the Club in breach of
the League Rules for the remainder of the season.
“On the actions of Mr. Yakubu Daylup (administrator of the
Club) and Mr. David King (the media officer of the team) as recorded by the
match officials wherein it was clearly stated that they were both seen inciting
the spectators to attack the match officials. This act is a breach of Art. 53
of the FIFA Disciplinary Code hence; both officials of the club are hereby
suspended from all football related activities for a period of twelve (12)
months. Upon expiration of twelve months they are to write an official letter
to be of good conduct and submit same to the NFF before they can be allowed to
participate in any football related activity.
“The NFF Disciplinary Board further noted that for failure
to cooperate with the Disciplinary Board which is a breach of Art. 42.1 of the
FIFA Disciplinary Code, Giwa FC is hereby further fined the sum of N500,000
which is to be paid to the NFF as procedural cost for the NFF Disciplinary
Board this decision is in line with Art. 59.1 of FIFA Code of Ethics.
“The NFF Disciplinary Board recognises the right of appeal
by Giwa FC which should be lodged within 48hrs from the receipt of this
“Finally the NFF Disciplinary Board will like to appreciate
the Plateau State Football Association and the Plateau Special Task Force for
their quick intervention in ensuring that the match officials were safely
conveyed back to their hotel from the stadium.For
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