Tuesday, 25 October 2016


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ordered Crown FC of Ogbomoso to pay N200,000 to FC Ifeanyi Ubah for disrupting the semi-final match of the 2016 Federation cup between the two side.

According to the NFF website, the rule for such act and sanction was provided in Art. 3.11 (A) of the Federation status.

The match involving Ifeanyi Ubah and Crown FC, which was played in Kaduna on September 29, was abandoned in the 87th minutes due to pitch invasion.
Ifeanyi Ubah FC was leading 2-1 when the match referee disallowed a goal scored by Yakub Ahmed of Crown FC. The Assistant Referee adjudged the goal to be good pointing to the centre circle to indicate the goal stand while the centre referee disallowed it. This led to the invasion of the pitch by the angry fans of Crown FC.

NFF said that it took decision after a meeting of the federation's disciplinary committee which deliberated the petition tabled before it.
"The match officials were found to be unprofessionally in their conduct during the second half of the match", the NFF committee said, "It said that based on the above, the committe ruled that Crown FC  shall forefeit the match for encroachment resulting in the disruption of the match as provided for in Art 3.11 (A). Therefore the scores at the time of disruption stand (i.e Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 Crown FC). That Crown FC is hereby fined the sum of N200,000 as provided for in Art. 3.11 section (A)."

The federation said it found the match commissioner Mr Bege N. Kwasau to have acted unprofessionally and was subsequently  referred to the NFF match Commissioners committee for disciplinary action. "That pending this, he should not be appointed for any match as match commisioner until the outcome of the committee decision." Similarly, all the referee, Audu A Ibrahim as well as his two assistants were found to have acted unprofessionally and were also referred to the NFF referees committee.
They were also barred from officiating any match until the outcome of the committee's decision.



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