Thursday, February 09, 2012

Dolphins to appeal match-fixing ruling

Nigeria Premier League (NPL) champions, Dolphins have declared that it will appeal against Wednesday's ruling in a match-fixing allegation from last season.

Dolphins were fined N10 million by the Organising and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Another Premier League club, Sunshine Stars got a hefty punishment of N20 million while Dolphins' manager, Stanley Eguma was handed a five-year suspension from all football-related activities.

Referees Chrisantus Okoro and I.D. Duruma as well as the Rivers State referees council boss, Ere Dokubo and one Devine Benjamin got five years ban each for their roles in the alleged match-fixing scandal.

But the management of Dolphins have reacted to the ruling saying that "the case has nothing to do" with them.

The Nigerian champions say they have their "reputation" to protect, which is why they will fight through an appeal to clear their name.

“The case has nothing to do with Dolphins and we do not have a hand in whatever transpired in Bauchi.

“We will certainly appeal the decision in due time because we do not accept the ruling in its entirety.

“We are talking reputation here and we will stop at nothing to ensure our dignity and reputation is restored,” the statement from Dolphins on Thursday read.

The Port Harcourt club were however mum on the fate of their manager, Eguma.

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