By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
The chairman of the League Management Company Limited, Shehu Dikko has given reasons why the punishments meted out to clubs whose fans beat up match officials are considered lenient.
In a chat with Daily Trust on the side-lines of the coaches’ refresher course put together by the League Management Company (LMC) and La Liga.
He berated fans who have attacked match officials while urging clubs to do more
“Now we have a new problem on board and we have to protect our referees. The attacks are not against the fans, the club but we have stereotyped our match officials and we have to educate our people.
“They have to understand that the referees are human beings and can make errors. Even during the World Cup, there were mistakes from the referees even with the VAR.
“Just 2,3 people causing this problem, not the whole fans. One person can go and cause damage and it will look like it’s the whole stadium and that’s why we identify and jail them,” he said.
The NFF 1st Vice-President further said the punishments are lenient because the LMC target the people who caused the mayhem not the clubs.
“If we lock a stadium for 11 matches, we target the fans because they won’t be able to watch the games. But if we punish the clubs, the players who didn’t do anything and make them travel thousands of kilometres to play a game. We have to look at it and balance it.
“The target is to the get the clubs to put the right security and whoever cause mayhem in the stadium is identified, dealt with and taken to court,” he declared.