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NIGERIA NATIONAL LEAGUE UPHOLDS DECISION ON GO – ROUND FC VS 3SC FC MATCH AFTER HEARING

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Farouq Oduola A.

The disciplinary committee of the Nigeria National League has upheld the decision taken earlier this month on the match between Go – Round FC and 3SC FC, which took place on July 5, 2021 at Krisdera Stadium in Omoku, Rivers State.

Go – Round FC had requested a hearing with the committee after their 2 – 1 win was overturned and the match was ruled a draw, with Go – Round FC fined N500,000.00.

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On the 4th minute of the extra time during the match, things went out of control after a fan attacked the referee causing the match to be put on hold for 48 minutes and a controversial penalty was awarded for Go – Round FC – the home – which they converted to to win the match 2-1.

Some of the findings that was made by the committee are that:

There were breaches of the COVID-19 Protocol as spectators were present during the match.

There was encroachment by a supporter of the home team, Go Round FC, who struck the Referee and caused the match to be disrupted in the 94th minute.

A review of the penalty awarded to Go Round FC in the latter stages indicate that the decision is such as would generally be described as controversial at least.

Go Round FC admitted to encroachment but claims that the responsibility for match security lies with its State Football Association and not itself.

While denying the allegations that the match officials were threatened and put under duress by its General Manager, Dr. Soni Uboh, Go Round FC acknowledged that he was present at the centre of the pitch after the match was disrupted, to plead with the match officials to continue with the match.

Go Round FC alleges that there is a conspiracy and gang-up against it by the NNL.

The committee’s decision were as follows:

The ultimate responsibility for matchday security lies with the home club, as it adds that “nothing in these Rules shall prevent the home club from taking responsibility for ensuring that there is adequate security”.

Go Round FC is fined the sum of NGN1,000,000 for the act of encroachment by its supporter in breach of 16.1 of the NNL Rules. The nature and circumstances of the breach i.e. the attack on the Referee the resulting disruption of the match was considered with a view to imposing a more severe sanction

Go Round FC is also fined the sum of NGN300,000 for breach of the COVID-19 Protocol.

Upon consideration of the overall circumstances (including logistics, the current football calendar) the justice of this case is best served by applying 15.10 of the NNL Rules (i.e. the power to order that a match, which for whatever reason lasts for less than 90 minutes, shall be replayed, or continued, or count as a complete fixture) to declare the match concluded as at the point of disruption in the 94th minute, with the scores at the time, i.e. 1-1, deemed to be the full time scores.

A warning is issued to Go Round FC to ensure the proper conduct of its officials at all times, pursuant to 25.1 of the NNL Rules.

The above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.

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