Bobby Clement of Rangers challenges Enyimba’s Razak Aliyu during a past NPFL game. The defending champions will pay a N3.5m fine to the LMC as punishment for their fans’ malpractices. PHOTO: LMC.Nigeria’s representative in this year’s CAF Champions League, Rangers FC of Enugu, yesterday came under the hammer of the Disciplinary Committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) following the fracas that occurred during their Match Day 1 encounter with visiting Abia Warriors FC.
The Flying Antelopes was handed a total fine of N3.75 million by the committee as punishment.The committee said yesterday that after considering the available facts before it as contained in the written submission from both clubs, Match Commissioner and Referee’s Reports, it adopts and upholds the decision contained in the Summary Jurisdiction Notice of the League Management Committee (LMC).
Rangers FC was fined N750, 000 for its failure to ensure restriction of access by unauthorized persons from all restricted areas in the course of a match, and N1 million for encroachment and throwing of objects towards the field of play at the end of the match by the fans and supporters of Rangers FC.
The Coal City boys will also pay N500, 000 for ‘attempted assault’ and hauling of missiles at the match officials, and another N500,000 being compensation of N250,000 each to the two injured officials (the Match Commissioner and injured Mobile police officer).
The NFF Disciplinary Committee also slammed N1 million fine on Rangers FC, being cost for the Committee sitting in line with Rule E1.Rangers FC, which will fly the nation’s flag in this year’s CAF Champions League, was warned to ensure that there is no more incidents of fans throwing missiles either on the field of play or against match officials, failure for which the NFF Disciplinary Committee shall impose further sanctions that is not limited to ordering for a closed door home matches to be played by the team.
The NFF Disciplinary also advised all clubs to ensure that a separate sitting arrangement is made for supporters of away teams whereby they are clearly separated from the spectators of the home team.