Saturday, December 11, 2010

ThankGod Ike faces three-match suspension

Warri Wolves’ strong man, ThankGod Ike, may have played himself into trouble after shoving Dolphins Football Club winger, Emem Eduok, during open play in front of the centre referee.
The referee, M. Nwabueze from Abia State, did not hesitate in showing a straight red card at Ike, who crossed from rivals, Heartland, to Wolves in the off-season.
No doubt, Eduok appeared to have obstructed play by keeping hold of the ball after a free kick was awarded to Wolves, who were trailing Dolphins, with 90 minutes already reading on the clock.
In a bid to retrieve the ball from the former Akwa United man, Ike angrily pushed Eduok in front of the match official, who promptly sent him off the game with just two minutes of added time to play.
However, Ike took his violent conduct to the stands, where he engaged one of the Dolphins’ fans in a heated argument.
The Warri Wolves’ man was caught on SuperSport’s camera during the coverage of the game at the Liberation Stadium making angry gesticulation at the fans before policemen held him back to calm frayed nerves.
The former Heartland defender now faces a misconduct charge from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and could serve an extended ban of three games apart from his outright dismissal on Saturday.
Earlier in the season, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) attacking winger, Gbolahan Salami, was handed a two-game suspension by the Premier League for verbally assaulting Sunshine Stars’ head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote, at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan in a Week 1 game.

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