LMC Hits Nasarawa United With Heavy Fine

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Sodeeq Adeyemi

Following a review of the incident on Sunday, March 8th in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 23 fixture between Nasarawa United and Katsina United, the League Management Company (LMC) has amongst other stiff sanctions fined Nasarawa United
N5,000,000 to be paid within ten (10) working days and another fine of N1,000,000 for conduct capable of bringing the league to disrepute, making it a total of 6 Million naira.

LMC also maitained that no matches shall be hosted at the Lafia Township Stadium until medical requirements and measures stipulated in the league rules are fully complied with.

Nasarawa United, in a summary jurisdiction notice issued Thursday afternoon were charged with breaches of Rule B12.7.1, B12.7.4 and C1 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.

The LMC cited the club for breaching regulatory requirements regarding stadium health and safety protocols and personnel in the course of the match against Katsina United.

Nasarawa United were also charged with breach of Rule B12.7.5 of the framework and rules of the NPFL for failing to ensure that no person other than the official medical personnel were permitted to treat players.

Consequently, they were being charged for breach of Rule B12.7.8 for failing to ensure that a standard, equipped and duly-staffed ambulance was available at the ground to transport any player or official requiring emergency treatment to the hospital.

On the fourth count, the solid Miners were charged for breach of Rule C1 of the Framework in that as the home team, it failed to comply with mandatory terms of the league rules and the club licensing regulations, including the provision of fundamental safety and medical requirements, which constituted conduct capable of bringing the league to disrepute.

In it’s ruling, the LMC said it took cognizance of the club’s compliance with the mandatory medical examinations and records of contracted players under Rule B12.10 in imposing sanctions.

The LMC also made a suspended order of six points deduction/forfeiture which will be activated should a similar breach occur before the end of the 2020/2021 season.

The club is required within 48 hours of the date of the notice, to either accept in writing, the summary jurisdiction and the sanctions or elect to be dealt with by a Commission.

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