LMC Fines Wikki Tourists, To Play Three Matches Behind Close Doors

The League Management Company (LMC) of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has fined Wikki Tourists N2.250 million and ordered the Buchi side to play three home games behind closed doors.

The decision came after some Tourists fans assaulted match officials in the NPFL game between Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers last week in Bauchi, an incident that left one assistant referee injured due to an object thrown from the stands.

A statement on NPFL’s Official Website explained: “The club(Wikki Tourists) was charged for violations of Rules B13.18, B13.52, C11 and C1 covering breaches of field encroachment by supporters, failure to ensure adequate security, assault of match officials and conduct likely to bring the league to disrepute.”

“For the encroachment of the supporters on to the field of play and throwing of objects, Wikki were fined N1m and N750,000 for failure to ensure adequate security.”

“Pursuant to rules C12, the club was also ordered to pay compensation of N250,000 to each of the match officials attacked and injured by the supporters.”

However, the LMC has arrested and charged to court, three suspects, Mohammed Isa, Hamisu Mohammed & Yola Ishaya aka Chara, for throwing objects at match officials during the league game in Bauchi.

“Two of the three games would, however, be served should there be a recurrence of the incident before the end of the season. Furthermore, the club will also pay the full cost for the repair of the damaged Rangers bus.” NPFL added.

The match was stopped for over 30 minutes following the incident and later resumed, as both teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the Matchday 33 fixture.