Rivers United will seek redress at the Court of Arbitration for Sports against the League Management Company’s decision to recognise Enyimba as the second placed team in the final standings for the curtailed 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League season.
State commissioner for sports Hon. Boma Iyaye announced the move at a press conference in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The development adds a bitter twist to the dispute between the club and football authorities over the structure of the final standings.
The LMC decided the final standings of all 20 clubs based on their points per game and in the event of a tie, applied a head-to-head tie breaker.
Enyimba and Rivers United were tied on 1.80 points on the PPG table but the Aba side nicked second place based on their head-to-head.
This version of the table was rejected by Rivers United who argued that a head-to-head tie breaker between both teams was unfair seeing as only one leg of the tie was played – at Enyimba’s home which the Aba side won.
Rivers United suggested a goals per game tie-breaker which would see them finish in second place but their complaints were dismissed by the LMC whose decision on the final standings was ratified and endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation.
Hon. Iyaye says the club will take their appeal to CAS to “seek interpretation” of the “propriety or otherwise” of the final standings presented by the LMC.
More to follow..