By Sab Osuji:
Former Flying Eagles coach and current Abia Warriors Technical Adviser, Ladan Bosso, has been handed a fine of N50, 000 by the organizers of the Nigeria Premier League, the League Management Company, completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Bosso was fined following comments the LMC ruled to be in breach of Article 14 of the Code of Conduct for Coaches and Managers and Article C1 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The General Manager of FC Taraba, Tijani Babangida, and his Heartland of Owerri counterpart, Okey Ibe, were also handed a fine of N50,000 and N200,000 respectively by LMC.
The officials were sanctioned by the LMC for comments and behaviour that were in breach of some sections of the Code of Conduct for Club Officials under the NPFL rules
A statement by the LMC on Wednesday which was made available to completesportsnigeria.com disclosed that Babangida and Bosso were cited for public comments against referees considered capable of bringing the league to disrepute while Ibe was charged for acts capable of bringing the league to disrepute including excessive complaints against the Referee during the Match Day 11 Enyimba vs Heartland.
Babangida’s charge followed his comments to the media on the Match Day 11 fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Taraba even after he had followed the official channels to lay a complaint about the officiating and is aware it was being dealt with.
Bosso’s charge is in relation to comments he made to the media against the referee after the Match Day 12 fixture between Rangers and Abia Warriors for which the LMC said he “failed to act in an ethical and professional manner, in the best interest of the game, and you made statements capable of bringing the game to disrepute”.
They were asked to within 48 hours accept the respective sanctions imposed or elect to defend themselves before a commission and they have all accepted the charges and apologized.
The LMC also forwarded the cases of the Match Officials to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees Appointment Committee requesting that the listed officials’ performances be reviewed and dropped from further officiating NPFL games pending the conclusion of the review of their performance in some matches.
In referring the case to the Committee, the LMC expressed dissatisfaction with their performances in some fixtures of Match Day 11 and 12.