Saturday, October 16, 2010

NPL assures refs of safety ahead new season

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has reiterated that it is ready to ensure that referees officiating in the 2010/2011 season will be given adequate security at match venues.
Acting Executive Secretary of the Premier League, Tunji Babalola, promised that all match officials at every venue of the championship this season will get security before, during and after matches.
“The NPL is not taking anything to chance in the coming season. We have made plans along with the clubs and the police to help with security at the match venues. Our major concern is to make sure that all match officials are secured before, during and after matches across league venues in the country,” he said.
Babalola also said the Premier League and the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) met on Wednesday to discuss “modalities for the smooth take off of the Premier League.”
The NPL scribe hinted that the issue of the referees’ debt was also discussed and “the matter will be ironed out in due course.”
The referees’ association president, Ahmed Maude, said his men are ready to give an improved performance in the face of the promises from the NPL.
“The referees are ready to do their best and I remain confident that they will justify the confidence reposed in them,” said Maude.

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