In a bid to ensure sanity and maintain discipline in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), the League Management Company (LMC) has suspended Sunshine Stars coach, Kayode Julius from all NPFL activities including match venues for one year.
Kayode had assaulted visiting Lobi Stars goalkeeper, Egbe Ospino an act LMC vehemently frowned at as it also contravened LMC’s Code of Conduct (Appendix E)
LMC in a statement on its official Twitter account also fined Enugu Rangers and FC Ifeanyi Ubah for failing to control their supporters.
The statement reads,” Kayode Julius, a coach with Sunshine Stars has been charged for breach of Code of Conduct (Appendix E) of the NPFL Framework and Rules in the course of the rescheduled MatchDay 2 fixture between his club and Lobi Stars.
“Kayode was charged for a violent assault on a player of Lobi Stars, thereby failing to set a positive example for players and supporters.
“The LMC has consequently suspended Kayode Julius from all NPFL match venues and activities for one year.
On FC Ifeanyi Ubah, the statement reads, “FC Ifeanyi Ubah has been charged by the LMC for breach of Rule B8.21 on MatchDay 13 in their home fixture against Plateau United.
“FC Ifeanyi Ubah was charged for failing to provide adequate security for match officials who were threatened on their way to the dressing room at half time by the club’s supporters wielding dangerous objects.
“FC IfeanyiUbah was also charged for not providing adequate security for the match officials who were detained on the field for over 30 minutes after being threatened and prevented from gaining access to the dressing room at the end of the match.
“In exercise of Summary Jurisdiction, the LMC has fined the club a total of N2,250,000. N1m each for the two charges of failure to ensure adequate security for the match officials and N250,000 as compensation to the match referee for assault pursuant to Rule C12.
“FC Ifeanyi Ubah has 48 hours to communicate in writing, acceptance of the decision or elect to appear before a panel.
The statement pertaining to Rangers read thus; “Rangers International has been fined a total of N2.5m for breaches of Rule B13.52.1, B13.52.2 and B8.21 during their MatchDay 14 fixture against Katsina United.
“The LMC in a Summary Jurisdiction notice charged the club for failure to ensure adequate and effective crowd control as spectators gained access to the restricted area such as the running tracks in breach of Rule B13.52.1.
“Rangers was also charged for failure to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to restricted areas and threatening match officials on their way to the dressing room at half time in breach of Rule B13.52.2.
“The third charge against Rangers, International was a breach of Rule B8.21 in that the club failed to provide adequate security for match officials who were prevented from gaining access to the dressing room and forced to remain on the pitch at half time.”