11 NPFL, NNL match officials to appear before referees committee

Referees Committee may penalize 11 aNPFL, NNL match officials

Eleven referees from the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) and Nigeria National League (NNL) have been summoned by the Nigeria Referees Association to a referees’ hearing committee following their questionable performances on the pitch, thesportsbay.com reports.

It will be noted that during the season, some referees have been reprimanded for dubious actions while carrying out their duties.

Now, a new set of match officials have been summoned before the referee committee which is slated to hold at the Conference Hall of the Nigeria Football Federation headquarters, in Abuja, on Friday, May 19.

NPFL referees facing possible sanctions are Ogarbor Joseph and Samuel Pwadutakan for their performances during the Rivers United vs Bayelsa United game.

Others to face possible sanctions are Kosoko Sikiru and Ismaila Abubakar for the way they handled the Kwara United vs Nasarawa United clash.

The NNL whistle men to face sanctions are Sunny Chibendu, Gabriel Otolorin, Abu Danzaria (Referees Assessor), Shaarni Guza, Jamilu Abdullahi and Garba Hamza for their roles in the  Vandrezzer vs Warri Wolves, Ijebu United vs Crown FC, Jigawa Golden Stars vs Katsina United and Yobe Desert Stars vs DMD FC games respectively.

It will be recalled that prior to the kickoff of the NPFL, Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) chairman advocated for the prompt payments to referees and match commissioners while pushing for enhanced security and monitoring systems, robust investigations into any suspicious activities, and the enforcement of severe penalties for those found guilty of match-fixing.


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