NFF bans Chris Giwa, upholds sanctions on Giwa FC

Muhammad Tahir Hassan, Abuja

The Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has released statements on cases between the League Management Company and Giwa FC of Jos, as well as made a ruling on the Chris Giwa led Board.

In a statement released by the NFF, the committee stated that the decision of the LMC as contained in the Summary Jurisdiction Notice dated Thursday 28th April, 2016 is hereby upheld by the Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee.”

As a result of that, Giwa FC is expected to pay the sum of N2 million to the LMC.

The NFF disciplinary committee statement further asked Giwa FC to pay the Sum of N650, 000 to offset the expenses of the match officials to the LMC.

“Giwa FC shall pay the Sum of N1, 000,000 (One Million Naira) only to offset the expenses incurred by Rangers International FC” the statement said.

According to the committee, in pursuant of Rule B13.55 which states that ‘the LMC may order a league match which for whatever reason lasts for less than 90 minutes to count as a completed fixture or to be replayed’, the game between Giwa FC and Rangers shall count as a completed fixture and the goals so far recorded (0-1) shall be the final score for the match.

In the matter between LMC vs. Giwa FC on Match Day 14; the committee upheld the decision of the that Giwa FC shall forfeit to Wikki Tourists FC the three points as well as three goals arising from the match

The NFF also affirmed that Giwa FC shall pay a fine of N250, 000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only) being the sum of expenses including stadium hire, security and logistics incurred in respect of the match to the LMC.

The Disciplinary Committee also placed 5 year bans on Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong for various offences which includes breaching Act. 69(1) of the NFF Statutes by taking football matters to the ordinary court and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA and the NFF, Illegally representing the NFF in breach of Act. 40 of the NFF Statutes, failing to comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA and NFF in contravention of Art. 13 1(a) of NFF Statutes 2010 in relation to the NFF Election held in Warri Delta State on 30thSeptember, 2014.