NPFL: Katsina United, Gombe United, Niger Tornadoes Sanctioned

NPFL: Katsina United, Gombe United, Niger Tornadoes Sanctioned

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By Amaechi Agbo

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) have handed heavy fines to three clubs including Katsina United, Gombe United and Niger Tornadoes ranging from financial to stadium bans for fans over breaches of the league rules.

Katsina United are found to have flouted the NPFLdressing code during their Matchday 11 fixture in Lagos against Sporting Lagos.

The club has been ordered to pay ₦1million for inappropriate display of the player’s name and number while the kits Manager, Masudu Lawal received a one year ban from all NPFL activities for improper conduct.

In the aftermath of fans unruly conduct in another Matchday 11 fixture, Gombe United were fined a total of ₦7million and a one match stadium ban to fans for breaches ranging from disruption of match by fans throwing objects on to the field of play, to disruption of live broadcast of the match and failure to provide adequate and effective security.

In a case arising from Matchday 10 between Niger Tornadoes and Akwa United, the former was charged with breach of Rule B8.21, C9 and C1.1 for which it was fined a total of ₦3.250 million including compensatory payment to the Centre Referee.

The sanctions include a fine of ₦1million for failure to provide adequate and effective security for match officials. Another fine of ₦1million for failure to ensure the proper conduct of its officials (Stewards/Security Personnel).

There was a third fine of ₦1million for misconduct and a ₦250,000 compensatory payment to Referee(Ahmad Rabiu from Kano State Referees Council) for losses resulting from the harassment. The Ahmadu Bello Stadium home ground of Niger Tornadoes has been ordered closed to fans for the next three home fixtures of the club.

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