Chief Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah of FC Ifeanyi Ubah has apologized for his misconduct last week after being issued a fine and suspension for slapping Heartland goalkeeper, Ebele Obi after a league match. The League Management Company (LMC) had slammed him a 10-match ban with a fine of N2.5 million for his misbehaviour.
The oil magnate encroached the field of play against the Naze Millionaires and additional evidences showed that he assaulted goalkeeper Ebele Obi, who is the elder brother of Super Eagles captain and Chelsea FC of London, midfilder, John Mikel Obi.
The LMC however gave him the option of appealing against the ruling if he deems so. But Mr. Ubah in a letter accepted to submit to the decision of the LMC pledged not to appeal the ruling while tendering an unconditional apology to the LMC and the public for his assault on a player.
The League Management Company had last week sanctioned four clubs: Heartland FC, FC IfeanyiUbah, Plateau United and Sunshine Stars. It also sanctioned some individuals,of which Ifeanyi Ubah was among them.
The LMC has however announced that all clubs, players and officials sanctioned last week have accepted the ruling. The Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, while announcing the receipt of the acceptance notices and apologies from all concerned parties, said the sanctions were meant to be correctional.
Mr.Ubah’s apology letter read:
“May I conclude by rendering my unconditional apology to my numerous fans nationwide and in Diaspora for the incident and outcome. To the football family and the LMC, I promise to uphold the tenets of the game while promising to remain a good ambassador of the sport. To those who feel disappointed by the outcome, I plead that you find a place in your hearts to forgive me.
“With a deep sense of humility, I ask Nigerians for their support and encouragement as I wish to state categorically that this will never repeat itself again as dire lessons have been learnt.”
FC Ifeanyi Ubah has also written to accept the N500,000 fine imposed on it for failure to ensure adequate security immediately after the Match Day 8 fixture in Nnewi against Heartland FC.
Heartland FC had earlier in accepting the decision of the LMC pleaded for a reduction of their N750, 000 and leniency for goalkeeper Ebele Obi who was banned for six matches. The club through the General Manager, Oscar Keke had also pleaded on grounds that Heartland FC was a first offender that has never been previously known or charged with unruly behaviour of its players.