Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ThankGod Ike gets two-game punishment

Following the marching order he received during last Saturday’s game between his club, Warri Wolves and Dolphins at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt, defender ThankGod Ike has been charged and handed a two-match ban.
The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) apparently charged Ike for his misconduct in the game after he was picked on television shoving Dolphins’ winger, Emem Eduok, in a bid to retrieve the ball.
Ike’s altercation with Eduok earned him a straight red card and now a two-game suspension from the Premier League.
The former Heartland centre-back will also pay the sum of N100,000 for his misbehaviour before he returns in the colours of Warri Wolves.
He was also handed a last warning for the misconduct charge.
The development means that Ike will take no part in the league this year, as he will miss Wolves’ home game on Saturday (against Ocean Boys) as well as their first game of 2011 on the road to Sunshine Stars.
However, Ike was not the only defaulter of NPL rules, as Niger Tornadoes and Dolphins will play their next home games behind closed-doors.
Tornadoes ran into trouble after an unidentified fan threw a missile onto the pitch that injured Dolphins’ goalkeeper, Sunday Rotimi, during a Week 5 game at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna.
The Minna-based outfit were also fined to the tune of N150,000 and ordered to fish out the fan that pelted Rotimi with the missile.
On the other hand, Dolphins got hammered for allowing their fans intimidate the match officials at half time in last Saturday’s game against Warri Wolves.
Dolphins escaped financial punishment but got a last warning to caution their supporters to desist from intimidating match officials.

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