The League Management Company have fined Giwa FC N5 million and ordered the Jos club to play their next three home matches at the Ilorin Township Stadium amongst other sanctions placed on the club and their Media Officer following investigations into the circumstances that led to the abandoning of the Nigeria Professional Football League matchday 12 fixture between the club and Rangers last Sunday.
LMC announced on their website on Tuesday that Giwa FC breached six seperate rules of the NPFL and accordingly sanctioned the club on each count while the club’s Media Officer, David King, was fined N100, 000 for breach of Clauses 1.1 and 1.5 of the code of conduct for club officials.
Some supporters of the club disrupted the fixture in Jos several times by hauling dangerous objects on the field aimed at the second assistant referee forcing the referee to finally call off the match in the 74th minute.
The LMC in a statement on Tuesday said after careful study of the match report and assessment of video evidence, they charged Giwa FC for breaches of Rule B13.18, B13.21, B13.52, C9, C12 and C1.
For the discontinuation of the match due to the unruly conduct of the supporters, Giwa FC was fined N5,000,000 in line with B13.18 while the match will be concluded behind closed doors from the 74th minute on Wednesday, April 27 at the Abuja National Stadium with scores at 1-0 in favour of Rangers.
Giwa FC was ordered to play their next three home games at the Ilorin Township Stadium for the unruly conduct of their supporters which included throwing of objects towards the field of play and to the Second Assistant Referee and causing disturbances in the course of the match which was in breach of Rules B13.21.
For the assault on the match commissioner and referee, Giwa FC were fined N500, 000 in line with Rule C12 while the club is further “required to ensure, within the next seven days, that in addition to the apprehension of one of the suspects, Goje, his co-culprit identified as Apiya is also apprehended and prosecuted by the relevant security agencies for assaulting the Referee, failure of which a fine of N25,000.00 per day shall accrue, until such time the offender is apprehended and charged to court”.
The LMC said it is has received reports that the two supporters are notorious for acts of violent assault on match officials and are said to be serving a two years match ban before the incident of last Sunday.
It also ruled that in addition,“for acts and conduct capable of bringing the game to disrepute in breach of Rule C1, a suspended two-point deduction has been imposed on Giwa FC which will be triggered should there be any subsequent incidents of disturbances by supporters of the Club for the remainder of the season.
Giwa FC have been given 48 hours within which to indicate in writing the acceptance of the exercise of Summary Jurisdiction or elect to appear before a commission.