Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lobi Stars Suffers NPL Fine

Makurdi-based side, Lobi Stars, has become the second side to face the wrath of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) after crowd violence erupted at the Aper Aku Stadium last weekend in a league game.
Lobi Stars had played a 1 – 1 draw with Heartland Football Club in a rescheduled Week 11 game.
But fans of the club went berserk by assaulting match officials after the match in Makurdi.
The centre referee, Kadiri Mohammed and his assistants, Mike Ushie and Alfa Abdulganiyu, were molested by the home fans, understands.
The NPL having expressed dissatisfaction with Lobi Stars, fined the club N1 million and ordered that the money be paid before its next home game on January 24.
The Premier League side’s punishment also included playing its remaining home games for the season behind closed door.
“Lobi Stars FC is fined the sum of One Million Naira only which is to be paid before their next home match with Bayelsa United FC. Lobi Stars FC subsequent home matches shall be played without spectators in accordance with articles 5.6 and 5.8 of the rules and regulations of the NPL,” a statement from the NPL read.
The case would be heard when the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Disciplinary Committee meets.
Warri Wolves is the other club that faced similar punishment from the Premier League board.

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