By Adeboye Amosu:
Matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League will continue as scheduled from this weekend till the end of the season despite a controversial court order stopping it, reports Completesportsnigeriam.com.
The League Management Company stated in a statement released on Friday that it is relying on the motion filed for stay of execution of Justice I.I Kunda’s latest order made in disregard of the notice of appeal filed against his first order.
The LMC also stated in addition to the stay of execution filed, it has also filed a notice of appeal against the order of the Plateau State High Court, stopping matches in the NPFL until full compliance with the earlier interim order of the court directing the reinstatement of Giwa FC to the League and rescheduling of matches for the club.
The League body also raised the question on how the judge found an urgency in fact as required by law to make the first interim order ex-parte three months after Giwa FC was expelled from the league under the League Rules, for failing to play three consecutive matches.
“We cannot accept that these multifarious and incalculable interests can be held to ransom and subjected to the whim of an individual with no connection whatsoever, with the operation of the league,” the LMC stated on why the league cannot be stopped.
It also stated that the decision to continue with the fixtures is part of some urgent steps to preserve the integrity of the NPFL and protect it from irreparable damage.