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NPFL Fines Enyimba N10m, Rangers N5m After Match Abandonment



NPFL Fines Enyimba N10m, Rangers N5m After Match Abandonment

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has slammed N10 million fine on Enyimba International FC, while its opponent in Sunday’s match, Rangers International FC, was fined N5 million.

According to the NPFL, the sanction is following the poor conduct of the clubs during the Match Day 35 fixture held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday, June 9.

News About Nigeria reports that the fine follows the drama that happened on Sunday during the game between Enugu Rangers and Enyimba.

The game was reportedly abandoned before the end as a result of a fan invasion.

In the letters to both Enyimba and Rangers, which were signed by the NPFL Chief Operating Officer, Davidson Owumi, the clubs committed various offences that were against the rules of the game.

According to the statement, both Enyimba and Rangers failed to ensure the proper conduct of their players, officials, and supporters.

Enyimba was said to have breached Rule B6.23, disrupting the transmission of a live broadcast.

In its verdict, the NPFL imposed a series of stringent sanctions on the club including a fine of N1m for failing to ensure the proper conduct of their team; and another fine of N5m for disrupting a live broadcast.

Enyimba was also slammed with a fine of N1m for throwing objects onto the field of play; and a fine of N1m for encroachment onto the field of play.

The NPFL also ordered the club to forfeit three points and three goals in favour of Rangers for refusing to allow the penalty awarded against them to be taken, thereby disrupting the match and bringing the game into disrepute.

Also, a fine of N2 million for causing the disruption and discontinuation of the match.

Rangers on the other hand were fined N2m for violating Rule B15.24, as the club over-ticketed the match, leading to overcrowding at the stadium.

The club was also fined N1m for failing to provide adequate and effective security measures, contravening Rule B13.52. Also, the club was deemed to have breached Rule B13.52 by failing to prevent unauthorised persons from gaining access to restricted areas, leading to a further fine of N1 million.

Also, N1 million was slammed on Enugu Rangers for failing to implement adequate and effective crowd control measures.

Both Enyimba and Rangers have been given 48 hours to either submit to the summary jurisdiction and the prescribed sanctions or elect to be dealt with by a disciplinary panel.