Nigeria Premier League NPFL Dock Gombe United With Points Deduction, N3m Fine

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has deducted Gombe United three goals and three points from their season total.

The NPFL claims this action is in accordance with its zero tolerance policy for attacking match officials.

The NPFL Chief Operating Officer, Davidson Owumi, signed the warning and cautioned the other clubs to make sure match officials assigned to their games are safe or face dire consequences.

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Following the game on Sunday, March 17 at Pantanmi Stadium, fans were found to have violently attacked officials during the matchday 26 matchup against visiting Akwa United.

In a Summary Jurisdiction warning sent to Gombe United, the NPFL said that it had determined that club supporters had attacked Bright Nwosu, the centre referee; Abdullahi Indabawa, the AR1; Friday Abu Emeje, the AR2; and Musa Hussainy Talle, the fourth official.

Charges against Gombe United stemmed from their alleged violations of NPFL Frameworks and Rules B13.52, B13.18, and C1.1.

These offences were caused by their inability to provide sufficient and effective security, which allowed unauthorised individuals to enter restricted areas, their supporters’ hurling of objects at visiting team members and match officials, and their assault on match officials following the game.

Apart from the deduction of points, the club was fined a total of N3 million by the NPFL.

This fine was divided into N1 million for each of the following: throwing objects into the pitch of play, failing to provide adequate and effective security, and compensating the four match officials at a rate of N250,000 apiece.

Additionally, the NPFL issued an injunction barring Gombe United supporters from entering Pantami Stadium for the next three (3) home games.

After receiving the consequences, Gombe United has 48 hours to accept them in writing, acquiesce to the decisions, or choose to appear before a disciplinary panel in line with Rule C26.


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