IN THE MATTER BETWEEN FC IFEANYI UBAH VS. MFM FC REGARDING THE MATCH
BETWEEN FC IFEANYI UBAH VS. MFM FC ON THE 9TH MAY, 2021 AT ENUGU.
This case involves FC Ifeanyi Ubah Vs. MFM FC in a matchday 20 fixture
scheduled to be played on the 9th May, 2021 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium,
Though Nnewi Township Stadium is the traditional home venue of FC
Ifeanyi Ubah, part of the disciplinary sanctions imposed on the Club
by League Management Company (LMC), in the aftermath of their matchday
15 fixture was, “an order moving FC Ifeanyi Ubah to the Nnamdi Azikiwe
Stadium, Enugu”, until a satisfactory revised stadium security plan is
provided and approved by the League Management Company (LMC).
On the date and time of the fixture, whereas the away team and the
match officials were present at the match venue in Enugu, FC Ifeanyi
Ubah did not report for the match. Pursuant to the summary
jurisdiction of the LMC, FC Ifeanyi Ubah was thereafter charged with
failure to honour the fixture, in breach of Rule B13.25 of the
Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League and
the match was awarded to MFM 3 points, 3 goals.
Dissatisfied with the summary jurisdiction by LMC, FC Ifeanyi Ubah
appealed to be heard by the NFF Disciplinary Committee.
1. That having heard from officials of the two (2) clubs and the COO
of the LMC, it was established that a typographical error in the
fixture stating Nnewi as the venue of the match, may have caused FC
Ifeanyi Ubah to erroneously assume that the match venue would be Nnewi
instead of Enugu.
2. That the visiting team and match officials were in Enugu for the
fixture, and a walk over was conducted in the absence of the home team
(FC Ifeanyi Ubah).
In view of the above findings, the Disciplinary Committee hereby rules
1. The match between FC Ifeanyi Ubah Vs. MFM FC is hereby ordered to
be played at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on a date to be determined
by the LMC.
2. In furtherance of paragraph 1 above, FC Ifeanyi Ubah is hereby
ordered to pay the match officials indemnities and the cost of
organising the aborted fixture to be determined by LMC.
3. FC Ifeanyi Ubah is hereby ordered to pay the financial expenses of
MFM FC in the sum of Two Million (N2,000,000.00) Naira only, before
the date of the rescheduled match.
4. That the above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.
IN THE MATTER BETWEEN REMO STARS FC VS BENDEL INSURANCE FC REGARDING
THE MATCH PLAYED BETWEEN REMO STARS FC VS. BENDEL INSURANCE FC ON THE
6TH JUNE, 2021 AT IKENNE, OGUN STATE.
This case involves Remo Stars FC Vs. Bendel Insurance FC in a match
fixture played on 6th June at Remo Stars FC Stadium, Ikenne, Ogun
Bendel Insurance FC is Protesting against encroachment on the field of
play, assault on its players and officials and damage to their Bus
during the NNL week 21 League match.
1. That Remo Stars FC officials and supporters encroached into the
field of play.
2. That the match was disrupted due to encroachment and violent
conduct by officials and supporters of Remo Stars FC, which led to the
players and officials of Bendel Insurance FC being chased out of the
field of play resulting in various degrees of injuries to the players
3. That Remo Stars FC breached COVID-19 Protocols by,
admitting/permitting spectators into the stadium.
4. That the Bus belonging to Bendel Insurance was damaged by the
Supporters of Remo Stars FC.
Pursuant to Rule 16.2, NNL Rules, Remo Stars FC is by hereby fined the
sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) only, for breaches of
COVID-19 Protocol and the discontinuation of the match due to
encroachment by their supporters, who were present at the stadium in
breach of COVID-19 Protocol.
Taking cognizance of the conduct of Remo Stars officials and
supporters being responsible for the encroachment and discontinuation
of the match, pursuant to the powers under Rule 16.3 and 15.10 NNL
Rules, an order that the match which was discontinued at 0: 0 shall
count as a complete fixture, with the 0-0 as the final scoreline.
In view of the fact that Bendel Insurance was unable to submit any
medical bills for their injured players and officials and receipt of
cost of repairs to their damaged Bus, the Committee is constrained to
award only the sum of Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000.00) as
general damages against Remo Stars FC to be paid to Bendel Insurance
That Remo Stars are hereby directed to make a written undertaking to
the NNL guaranteeing safety of players and officials of visiting teams
during and after matches and any breach of such undertaking shall lead
to banning Remo Stars FC from further hosting NNL matches in their
That the above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.
IN THE MATTER BETWEEN ROVERS FC VS. NNEWI UNITED FC REGARDING THE
MATCH PLAYED BETWEEN ROVERS FC VS. NNEWI UNITED FC ON THE 5TH JUNE,
2021 AT CALABAR.
This case involves Rovers FC Vs. Nnewi United FC in a match fixture
played on 5th June, 2021 at U. J Eusene Stadium, Calabar.
Nnewi is protesting how the Referee officiated the match. They alleged
that, at the 100th minute of play, the referee awarded a dubious
penalty to the home team, Rovers FC when the scoreline was at 1: 1.
According to the official match reports (Referee and Match
Commissioner), the non-conclusion of the match was as a result of the
actions of the away team, Nnewi United FC.
That there was encroachment by officials of Nnewi United FC namely;
Mr. Olisa Onuchukwu, the Medical Officer of the club and one Mr.
Sunny, Club’s Administrative Officer.
That Mr. Olisa Onuchukwu and Mr. Okey Talabi, Secretary, Cross River
State Football Association, exhibited unsporting conduct during the
That the referee did not manage his time properly as reported by the
It was established that there was inadequate security for the match.
That the penalty awarded by the Referee was not taken, as the match
could not continue due to the encroachment into the field of play in
protest by the officials of the away team, forcing the referee to call
off the match after 5 minutes.
1. Pursuant to Rule. 14.8 of the NNL Rules, a fine of Three Hundred
Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) only is imposed on Nnewi United FC and a
forfeiture of the match by 3 points and 3 goals to Rovers FC, for
failure to continue with the match in protest against the decision of
the Referee to award a penalty against their club.
2. That the sum of Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N300,000.00) only is
hereby imposed on Nnewi United Football Club for encroachment into the
field of play by its officials namely; Mr. Olisa Onuchukwu, the
Medical Officer and one Mr. Sunny which resulted in the non
conclusion of the Match.
3. Mr. Olisa Onuchukwu, the medical Officer and Mr. Sunny are hereby
reprimanded to be of good behavior in all football engagements.
4. Mr. Okey Talabi is also reprimanded to be of good behavior in the
discharge of his duties, particularly as it regards security at match
venues and crowd control.
5. That the above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.
IN THE MATTER BETWEEN MALUMFASHI FC VS. ZAMFARA UNITED FC REGARDING
THE MATCH BETWEEN MALUMFASHI FC VS. ZAMFARA UNITED FC ON THE 12TH
This case involves Malumfashi FC Vs. Zamfara United FC in a match
fixture scheduled to be played at Abubakar Labo Stadium, Malumfashi,
Katsina State on 12th February, 2021, however, the match could not
hold as result of late appointment of Match officials.
Based on this incident, the NNL directed that the match should be
played the next day being 13th February 2021, but Malumfashi FC
refused, neglected and disregarded the directive of the NNL to honour
the said match.
The League, in its Summary Jurisdiction, decided as follows:
1. That the unilateral decision of Alh. Surajo, Chairman, Malumfashi
FC to withhold the key to the Stadium perimeter fence gate shows that
Malumfashi Township Stadium is no longer safe and conducive to host
NNL matches. Malumfashi FC is hereby given before their next home
match to communicate to the NNL Secretariat an alternative Stadium for
their home matches. Failure of which will compel the league body to
move Malumfashi FC to a stadium of their choice.
2. That in line with Art. 14.7 of the NNL Rules, Malumfashi FC is
hereby fined the sum of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) only to be
paid to the league within two weeks for failure to honour their week 1
league match as directed by the NNL.
3. That week 1 league match, Malumfashi FC vs. Zamfara United FC shall
be replayed at a neutral ground on a date to be fixed by the league.
4. That Malumfashi FC shall bear all expenses incurred by Zamfara
United FC in the said aborted match and the expense for the replay of
the week 1 match including the indemnities the match officials.
Failure of which shall force the league to award 3 points, 3 goals to
the Away Team.
5. That Alh. Surajo is hereby warned that any act(s) from him that
will bring the league process to disrepute will attract a severe
penalty in accordance with the provisions of the NNL Rule book.
Malumfashi FC being dissatisfied with the decisions of the NNL,
elected to appear before the NFF, Disciplinary Committee.
FINDINGS OF THE NFF DSICIPLINARY COMMITTEE:
That the inability to prosecute the match on the 12th February 2021,
was occasioned by failure of the Referees to show up for the match due
to the “late appointment of officials” and not caused by any of the
That both teams left the match venue with the directive from the Match
Commissioner that the match would be played the following day 13th
February, 2021 at 4:00pm.
That the subsequent directive from the NNL, after the teams had
dispersed, was a short notice, though not unreasonable for a team to
have been unable to meet up with the rescheduled match for 8:00am the
That the match officials were unable to meet up with the 8:00am
rescheduled match, which further shows lapses in organization by the
NNL, and not from either of the participating teams.
Pursuant to the proviso in Rule. 14.7, we find it reasonable to accept
that a club might have genuinely been unable to meet up with such
short notice and incessant rescheduling of the match.
1. The notice for the 8:00am rescheduled match was inordinately short
and it is reasonable to accept that a team might genuinely have been
unable to meet up, especially given the prior information that the
match would be played at 4:00pm, and in view of the inconsistencies of
rescheduling information and the time of arrival of match officials.
2. The original fine of One Million (N1,000,000.00) against Malumfashi
FC is now reduced to Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira
(N650,000.00) only, wherein the club has paid Three Hundred Thousand
Naira (N300,000.00) leaving a balance of Three Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Naira (N350,000.00) to be paid as full and final payment of
3. That Malumfashi FC, in addition to paragraph 2 above, should pay
the sum of Ninety Thousand Naira (N90,000.00) only, being the balance
of refund of expenses incurred by Zamfara United FC during the aborted
4. That the match be rescheduled by the NNL at Abubakar Labo Stadium,
Malumfashi, upon the payment of all outstanding balances stated in
paragraphs 2 & 3 above.
5. That the above decisions are without prejudice to the right of appeal.