Katsina United football club have been penalized with N1million fine by the organizers of the Nigeria Professional Football League, the League Management Company, LMC.
The LMC in a statement on Wednesday frowned at the Changi Boys; adding that the club risks other sanctions including a possible relocation to another stadium having being found guilty severally of not allowing visiting teams access to train on their registered home ground for matches.
This, the league organizers noted was in contradiction with the provision in the NPFL framework and rules.
“The League Management Company (LMC) announced the penalties after reviewing the complaints by three other clubs and a similar complaint by Rangers International which were prevented from gaining access to the Mohammed Dikko Stadium on Tuesday for a rescheduled fixture.
“Following a charge of misconduct in breach of Rule C1 of the Rules, the LMC exercised its summary jurisdiction to impose the fine on Katsina United.” The LMC statement read.
Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer in a letter conveying the decision to the club, stated, “You are in breach of Rule C1 (Misconduct) of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that you severally prevented or failed to permit the visiting teams from gaining access to your registered home ground for the scheduled pre-match training, thereby failing, inter alia, to act in the best interest of the game and comply with the principles of fair play and sportsmanship”.
“Consequently, the LMC intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction and to impose on you the following sanctions:
The LMC have given Katsina United 48 hours to respond in writing with an option to accept the decision melted out against them or enter for a hearing.
MFM, Kwara United, Insurance of Benin and Lobi Stars all complained to the LMC of their inability to access the stadium for pre-match training prior to their away games against Katsina United.