The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has punished Gombe United, Kano Pillars, Remo Stars, and Sunshine Stars for various unsportsmanlike acts during the Match Day 17 matches.
According to the league board, “Gombe United has been charged for violating the NPFL Rules & Framework due to their inability to provide adequate security during their Sunday Matchday 17 match against Rivers United.”
“Gombe United’s failure to ensure adequate security led to disruption after the match, supporters throwing objects onto the pitch & assaulting of match officials after the game.
“Gombe United head coach Mohammed Baba Ganaru also incited the assault & harassment of match officials while the club officials & supporters failed to display sportsmanship by acting in manner capable of bringing the game to disrepute.
“Gombe United have been fined N1 million for the repeated offence of failing to provide adequate security & another N1 million fine is imposed for repeated offence of throwing objects onto the field of play.
“Gombe United have also been docked 3 points & 3 goals from their accumulated haul following the assault of match officials.
“Gombe United head coach Mohammed Baba Ganaru is suspended from the technical bench of the club for the next 3 matches.
A fine of N1 million is further imposed on Gombe Utd for misconduct capable of bringing the game to disrepute.
“Gombe United will also pay a fine of N500,000 being compensation of N250,000 each to centre referee Sa’id Abdul’Aziz & assistant referee Cletus Adewebi.
” Gombe United will play their next home match(es) at the Pantami Stadium without fans before the mid-season break.
“Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching NPFL Rules & Framework in the course of their Matchday 17 game vs Plateau Utd on Sunday.
“Pillars are in breach for misconduct of their fans leading to a delay in transmission of a live broadcast as well as their supporters throwing objects onto the pitch in protest against the decision of a match official.
“The Kano club’s supporters acted in a manner capable of bringing the game to disrepute after failing to show the spirit of sportsmanship in the game vs Plateau Utd.
“A fine of N10 million has been imposed on Kano Pillars for delaying the smooth transmission of a live broadcast.
“Kano Pillars will pay a N1 million fine for repeated offence of throwing objects onto the pitch as well as another N1 million for misconduct capable of bringing the game to disrepute.
“A N250,000 fine, being compensation, will be paid to assistant referee Sodiq Adejumo for injuries sustained.
“Kano Pillars will play their next home match(es) at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano before the mid-season break without fans.
“Remo Stars have been charged for breaching NPFL Rules & Framework in Sunday’s game vs Sunshine Stars for failing to provide adequate security to address security & safety concerns.
“The NPFL table-toppers have been fined N1 million for failing to provide adequate & effective security & has also been ordered to deploy a more effective security arrangement in their remaining home matches.
“Sunshine Stars have also breached NPFL24 Rules & Framework for failing to ensure proper conduct of their players in the course of their game at Remo Stars on Sunday.
“Sunshine Stars goalkeeper Abdullateef Ishola is suspended for the next 3 matches for reacting violently to a ball boy.
Sunshine Stars have been issued a warning of any similar recurrence of the misconduct in their remaining fixtures.”