NPFL: Plateau United Fined N5m, Banished to Ilorin (Video)

Plateau United has been fined N5million and banished to Ilorin for their next three home games for breaching various Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) during their Match Day 1 tie against visiting FC Ifeanyiubah in Jos on Sunday.

The club has also been handed a suspended 3points deduction which they will forfeit if there is a repeat of the incident in the course of the current campaign.

According to a release by the League Management Company (LMC), the 2017 NPFL champions failed to provide adequate security for match officials who handled its home match against FC Ifeanyiubah which led to some of its supporters & unidentified persons assaulting the referees after the match.

The LMC said “Plateau United supporters encroached onto the field of play after the match thereby breaching the league’s framework& rules.”

The club will pay N1m for failing to provide adequate security at the stadium and also pay N1m (N250,000 each to the assaulted match officials) as compensation plus any additional expenses for their treatment.

The Jos-based side will also pay a N1m each for throwing objects onto the field of play, encroachment after the match and bringing the league into disrepute.

In addition, the club has been directed to play its next three home matches at the Ilorin Township stadium, over 500km from their home ground.

Plateau United are also required to, within seven days, identify and ensure the arrest and prosecution by relevant security agencies of one Attahiru Babayo named by the match officials for leading the assault, failure of which will lead to Plateau United paying a fine of N25,000 per day until the culprits are brought to book.

The club has 48 hours from date of notice to accept or appeal the sanctions.