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NNL hit Bendel Insurance with N1m fine over violence

Bendel Insurance of Benin have gone foul against the law and have been fined N1,000,000 by the Nigeria National League following the encroachment and assault of match officials by its supporters in the matchday 2 of the ongoing NNL Super 8 in Enugu.

It will be noted that the supporters of the Insurance assaulted match officials at the end of regulation time in the match against Ekiti United on Friday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

In a statement signed by the head of media and communications, Amar Ignis, the ‘Arsenal of Benin’ as they are fondly called are to pay the fine within 12 hours and also to fish out the fans that attacked the match officials after the match.

“In addition, Bendel Insurance FC is to identify their supporters that played major role in the assault of match officials at the end of the match against Ekiti United FC,failure of which will compel the League to ban all Bendel Insurance FC supporters from entering the stadium in their last group match in the ongoing Super8 competition,” the statement reads.

The sanction on Bendel Insurance FC is in line with article 26.1, 26.2, 16.2 and 22.17 of the NNL rule book for bringing the super8 tournament to a disrepute.

Meanwhile, Bendel Insurance have accused NNL officials of being biased ahead of their clash with Remo Stars Club of Remo.

In the club’s protest, Honorable Frank Ilaboya queried the NNL on why there should be a delay in match and change of Referees in the last few hours without any justification.

As at the time of filing this report, the NNL officials, headed by Emmanuel Adesanya are in a closed door meeting with the two clubs.

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