FC IfeanyiUbah will forfeit three points and three goals to Kano Pillars as a result of their refusal to continue their opening Nigeria Professional Football League fixture.
Pillars were leading the Anambra Warriors 1-0 through Gambo Mohammed strike, but the visitors left the encounter half way after they expressed discontent with referee Folorunsho Ajayi’s calls.
Refusal to continue the game, which eventually led to the awkward conclusion of the game, meant the Nnewi side breeched the NPFL Rule B13.26 and were handed due punishment; forfeiture of three points and three goals ‘which shall be credited to its opponents Kano Pillars’.
A total fine of N9.15 million, sanctions to head coach and team manager, Yaw Preko and Igwe Jonathan respectively and additional points deductions were belted out to the club.
In a statement sent to the current Federation Cup champions, the league regulatory stated that: “Consequently, the LMC intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction, taking into cognisance your public apology, forfeiture of three points and three goals accruing from the match, which shall be credited to its opponent – Kano Pillars FC.
“Forfeit three (3) points from the points accruable to the club, the execution of which shall be suspended for a probationary period of the remainder of the season.
“Pay a fine of Three Million Naira only (N3,000,000.00).
“For causing a delay in the re-start of the match after the half-time interval, without good reason, the Club shall pay a fine of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only (N150,000.00).”