The League Management Company has fined Abia Warriors N5,000,000 over the crowd violence that led to the abandonment of their Matchday 20 fixture against local rivals Enyimba in Umuahia.
Half of the fine will go Enyimba “as compensation for injuries and damages to property,” the LMC said.
Warriors must pay the fine within 10 working days and also play a “minimum of their next 3 consecutive home matches behind closed doors with no fans” the LMC announced on Twitter on Wednesday.
The LMC said any review of the disciplinary measures hinges on it being satisfied “that conditions which led to the disruption has been completely eliminated”.
Abia Warriors have been given 48 hours to either communicate their acceptance of the sanctions in writing or their intention to appeal the decision before a panel.
The sanctions relate to the violent scenes at the Umuahia Stadium on 16 February which led to injuries to Enyimba chief Felix Anyasi-Agwu and a host of spectators after Warriors fans reacted violently to their team missing a penalty against the champions.
The violence caused the game to be abandoned in the 24th-minute as spectators and players sought refuge from the rampaging fans.
The LMC ordered a replay at the Okigwe Township Stadium the next day which Enyimba won 4-1 following which Warriors coach Emmanuel Deutsch resigned over claims of unpaid salaries and bonuses.
Abia Warriors have been fined N5,000,000 to be paid within 10 working days in a Summary Jurisdiction exercised by the LMC on the disruption of the Matchday 20 fixture in Umuahia against Enyimba International#NPFL20
— League Management NG (@LMCNPFL) February 26, 2020
“Abia Warriors have been fined N5,000,000 to be paid within 10 working days in a Summary Jurisdiction exercised by the LMC on the disruption of the Matchday 20 fixture in Umuahia against Enyimba International,” the LMC announced on Twitter.
“Abia Warriors are also to play a minimum of their next 3 consecutive home matches behind closed doors with no fans before a possible review which can only be carried out if the LMC is satisfied that conditions which led to the disruption has been completely eliminated.
“Out of the N5m fine, Enyimba International FC will receive N2.5m as compensation for injuries and damages to property. Abia Warriors have 48 hours to accept in writing, this decision or seek to appear before a panel.”
17th-placed Abia Warriors are on a four-game losing spree and are next in action against Akwa United in Umuahia.