The League Management Company has banned Nasarawa United as the club’s equipment Manager Aliyu Hamzat, for life following attacks on match officials during their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Plateau United.
in the same vein, Paul Komolafe was also banned for one year for assaulting match officials during the tie after he was also found guilty of ‘inciting the club supporters to commit violence against match officials.
The North central club will also have to play their games behind closed doors for an indefinite period and given 10 days to pay a fine of 4,250,000 naira (US$11,700) for breaches of league rules.
The fine includes 1,250,000 naira ($3,500) compensation for the match officials.
Club spokesman Eche Amos was also fined $300 and cautioned for ‘releasing or causing to be released, a written press statement unfairly criticising match officials, a conduct deemed capable of bringing the League to disrepute’.
Several attempts to curb violence in the West African nation’s local leagues in the past have failed.
The League Management Company , who organise the NPFL, says it hopes that severe punishments such as these for clubs will serve as deterrent to protect match officials and the country’s domestic football.
The LMC was set up in 2012 in an attempt to revive the troubled top-flight of Nigerian football blighted by leadership problems to TV rights and sponsorship disagreements, violence on the pitch, corruption off it and a badly organised calendar.