Nigerian Football League Company Bans Ifeanyi Ubah From Ten Matches

The League Management Company (LMC), has come up with fresh sanction for those involved in the March 8 football violence between Heratland FC and FC Ifeanyi Ubah.

With the emergence of a new video capturing the violence on the football court,, LMC, has slammed billionaire businessman and Proprietor of FC IfeanyiUbah, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah a fine of N2, 500, 000 and ten match ban from all Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) venues. This was revealed in a summary jurisdiction on Thursday.

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Chief Ubah was charged for breach of Rule C1 of the NPFL Rules and Framework for an offence of misconduct were stormed the football pitch and  assaulted Ebele Obi while his personal security aides further assaulted the player.
For this, the LMC ruled in an exercise of summary jurisdiction to “suspend Chief Ubah from all NPFL match venues for the next ten matches.”

He was also fined  N2, 500, 000 and ordered to write a letter of apology and an undertaking that henceforth he will be a good ambassador of the NPFL.

The LMC further ruled that club officials and guests to NPFL matches are henceforth banned from bringing self procured security apparatus to match venues.

However, the last four of the ten match ban has been suspended for a probationary period expiring at the end of the 2015/16 season.
The LMC also slammed Heartland FC with new sanction which the officials have accepted. They were fined N750, 000 for their failure to control their players who harassed the match referee and pushed him down. However, the club has appealed the verdict, begging for leniency as their goalkeeper is a first time offender.

In the letter signed by the General Manager, Oscar Keke:

Heartland is not known for crowd trouble even in the face of negative results. The incident under reference must be viewed as an aberration in the light of which we are appealing for a substantial reduction in the fine.

Ebele Obi’s conduct is certainly not reflective of his usual behaviour. We are appealing for clemency on his behalf. Moreover, the gravity and level of punishment coming on the heels of the brutality he suffered in the hands of the proprietor of FC IfeanyiUbah and his security aides will amount to double jeopardy for the young man.

 

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