NNL: Yobe Stars, others to pay fine

The Nigeria National League has sanctioned three clubs in the division; Yobe Desert Stars, Osun United and UNICEM Rovers of Calabar for violating several safety rules at match venues.

According to a media statement signed by Lawrence Katken, the chief operating officer of the NNL, the three clubs will play their next three home matches in the League under strict closed doors for assaults on match officials and crowd encroachment.

They will also pay fines for various degrees of offences and violation of the League’s rule book.

UNICEM Rovers were fined a total of N1, 887,500.00.

The Calabar based outfit were indicted for assaulting match officials that handled their matchday-19 with Warri Wolves at the UJ.Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

The match officials received bodily harm of different proportions following the attack by the supporters of the UNICEM Rovers during and after the match.

UNICEM are to pay N1m for violating Article 27 on misconduct and N750, 000.00 for the treatment of the match officials.

They are also to pay N137, 500 being the estimated cost of items reportedly damaged and lost by the match officials in the process of assault on them.

Also the assistant secretary of UNICEM Rovers, Jimmy Okotu has been handed an indefinite suspension by the league body and is to stay away from all NNL matches pending a scheduled compliance with the unit in the NNL.

Okotu reportedly slapped the centre referee and led a group of fans of UNICEM Rovers to assault the match officials. The Cross River State FA Secretary, Mike Ushie, was also charged for complicit act that led to the heartless beating of the match officials.

The NNL also fined Yobe Desert Stars N2m and restricted their fans from attending three home matches for assault on match officials and encroachment during their matchday-16 clash against Abuja based FRSC at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu.

Osun United were also fined N1m after their supporters assaulted the referees after their matchday-19 encounter against Warri Wolves at the Osun Township Stadium,Osogbo.

Osun United duo of Victor Okeji and Obasi Chigozie were also placed on a year ban for assaulting the centre referee. According to official report, supporters of United ran into the field and assaulted the match officials.

Aisha JM