Following fans restiveness at the Sani Abacha stadium in Kano on Sunday during NPFL match between Kano Pillars and Akwa United the League Management Company (LMC) has moved to reassure fans, players and coaches of their safety at league venues on match days.
The league body said it will continue to enforce safety regulations and sanction every acts of violation to deter unruliness at match venues.
“We recognise that football is a game of passion and there are bound to be emotional outbursts when people pursue their passion especially in supporting their favourite clubs. It is also in recognition of this that regulations have been put in place placing responsibility of on clubs to ensure safety of all on match days and expecting our players and coaches to uphold the highest level of decorum and discipline in carrying out their duties on the field”, LMC said.
Kano Pillars was cited for violations of Rules B13.18 and C1 and fined a total of N7.25m as well as other consequential fines and closure of stadium to fans until further notice. The clubs has also been directed to identify and hand over to the Police for prosecution, its match security stewards who led the attack on match officials during the Match Day 18 fixture against Akwa United.
The fine against Kano Pillars includes N250, 000 as compensation to Dr. Tunde Akinbinu in addition to any certified medical bills arising from the attack on him by the club supporters after the match day 18 fixture against Akwa United.
It also includes N1m compensation to Akwa United for assault on members of the team in addition to any other certified medical bills, a fine of N3,000,000.00 for conduct capable of bringing the game into disrepute and deduction of three points, the execution of which shall be suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the season
Rabiu Ali and Murtala Adamu, both players of Kano Pillars, were both suspended for one match each for threatening the referee and inciting violence.
The club and sanctioned players were given 48 hours to submit in writing to appeal the decisions of the LMC or elect to appear before a commission and for which further sanctions would be imposed should their appeals not be upheld.