Nigeria NPFL: Rivers United Set To Drag LMC To CAS,FIFA Over League Standing

Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) side Rivers United have threatened to drag the League Management Company(LMC) to FIFA.

Rivers United in a statement said they will drag the Nigeria top flight league organizers also to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) over the final NPFL table released.

The LMC on Friday published the 2019-2020 NPFL season standing after the league was declared concluded following the coronavirus pandemic.

In the last standing, Rivers United were placed third behind Enyimba which the club is kicking against.

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With the Points Per Game (PPG) model adopted, it means the Port Harcourt based club will play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

The club in a statement signed by it’s general manager Okey Kpalukwu and made available to Africa Top Sports challenged their final standing.

They argued that points are the first basis of separating teams, followed by goal difference before head to head.

Kpalukwu said that the team will not cowered and will pursue their course by all means.

The statement reads as follows;

“Our attention has been drawn to a purported Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table being circulated around the media space wherein Plateau United, Enyimba and Rivers United were placed first, second and third respectively. 

“According to the purported table, while Rivers United and Enyimba were tied on same number of points, a totally strange/ inconclusive head-to-head consideration affected by same force majuere was used to place Enyimba in the second position.

“Nothing can be further from the truth; as such consideration can only exist in the imagination of those peddling the fake table.”

“For emphasis and to inform discerning members of the public, what is internationally known and even in the rule books of League Management Company (LMC) of Nigeria is that points are the first basis of separating teams, followed by goal difference before head to head.

“The Points Per Game (PPG) model adopted by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and LMC is a straight forward co-efficient of dividing the total number of points with the total number of matches played as when the league was suspended in order to guarantee fairness to club that played less number of matches.”

“With the application of PPG , all teams are now measured equally erasing the scenario of whether or not any club played higher number of matches than the other.

“It also follows therefore that in separating the tie by goal difference, is to divide number of goals scored by number of matches played to arrive at a coefficient.

“Based on the above, it is obvious that Rivers United is the second-placed team and no amount of false narratives will deceive those who should know.”

“We have already made our position known to the NFF and LMC and, we expect that justice will be served without fear or favour,” they said.

“On a final note, we may be compelled to explore all legitimate means available, including formal petitions to FIFA, CAF, and CAS to ventilate our grievances and press for justice.”

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