Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Kwara Utd docked points

Kwara United have had three points deducted from their 18 points by the NPL.

The points deduction means Kwara United drop from fifth position to seventh.

A statement from the Premier League on Monday confirmed the deduction.

"The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) is disturbed over unwarranted attack on Match Officials, Players and Officials of away team (Sunshine Stars FC) during the match involving Kwara United FC and Sunshine Stars FC played on Saturday 3rd of March, 2012 at Ilorin Township Stadium where various degrees of injuries were sustained and vehicles were damaged, thereby, violating Article 4.3 of the 2011/2012 NPL rules and regulations.

"To this effect, the NPL Secretariat has decided to apply Article 4.3 as the Secretariat is empowered by Article 5.6 (1) of the NPL Rules and Regulations which states: 'The Secretariat is empowered to sanction immediately and appropriately pending the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).'

“We at NPL will not fold our hands and wait until our league venues are littered with dead bodies of our valued players, coaches, match officials, fans and other stakeholders before we act.

“Consequently, 3 points, 3 goals are hereby deducted from Kwara United FC accrued points and goals. Kwara United FC had 18 points and +9 goals before the sanction, but afterwards Kwara Utd FC is now left with 15 points and +6 goals," the statement read.

The Ilorin club have also been fined financially for the violent act of their fans at the weekend.

The Afonja Warriors were further punished by being "banished" away from their home ground to Abuja with immediate effect.

However, the NPL referred the decision to award points and goals deducted from Kwara United to the NFF Disciplinary Committee.

ABS FC, who are city rivals of Kwara United and share the Ilorin Township Stadium, got a dose of the outcome the NPL verdict.

The Saraki Boys have been ordered to play their "subsequent home matches" behind closed doors.

Sunshine Stars did not escape sanction as their team manager, Gabriel Aborowa was axed and the club fined.

"Kwara United FC is fined the sum of N2 million only payable within 14 days. Kwara United FC will also pay a fine of N400,000; N200,000 each to the centre referee and the first assistant referee respectively payable within 14 days.

"Kwara United FC is hereby banished to Abuja for their subsequent home matches with effect from Week 14.

"The award or otherwise of 3 points, 3 goals shall be decided by the NFF Disciplinary Committee.

"For now, Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC subsequent home matches shall be played behind closed doors.

"Kwara United FC shall pay for damages and loss of items of the visiting team (Sunshine Stars FC) and SuperSport Crew. Kwara United FC must provide SuperSport Crew camera’s memory card.

"In the same vein, Mr. Gabriel Aborowa, the Team Manager of Sunshine Stars FC is hereby given indefinite suspension. Sunshine Stars FC shall pay a fine of N2 million only for encroachment during the match in accordance with Article 4.3 (2) of the 2011/2012 NPL Rules and Regulations.

"Sunshine Stars FC shall also pay a fine of N100,000 only for failure to submit the video clips of the match," the statement from the NPL revealed.

-Culled from SuperSport.com

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