Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Wolves To Play Home Games Without Fans

Premier League title contender, Warri Wolves, has been charged with improper conduct during its top-of the-table-clash with Enyimba last month and has been ordered to play its next home games behind closed door.
The punishment was handed to the club by the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) in a statement made available to
Warri Wolves would also pay the fine of N1 million for the offence of assaulting the centre referee and first assistant referee, Barnabas Shamang and Aundugh Robert during the game with Enyimba at the Oleh Township Stadium.
Head of NPL’s Competition Department, Tunji Babalola, explained that the fine must be paid before Warri Wolves’ next home match with Sunshine Stars of Akure.
The NPL took the decision to punish the club in line with Article 5.6 (i) c of the league rules and regulations.
The Premier League has also charged the Warri club to fish out the perpetrators of the act on December 20, 2009 before the fine would be lifted.
“Like the statement circulated to you and your colleagues, the Premier League acted according to the league rules and regulation of Article 5.  So, Warri Wolves would be playing without fans at its stadium until those that assaulted the referees during that game with Enyimba are made to face the law,” Babalola told
The NPL also commended Delta State Police Command and the Delta State Sports Commission chairman, Pinnick Amaju, for their timely intervention when the referees were manhandled.
The league body has warned that it could forced to use stricter measures against clubs that fail to provide security for match officials at venues.

1 comment:

  1. Dock them points, fine them and ban them at least 5 home matches. How can referees still be assaulted in this day and age?