Billionaire businessman and Managing Director of Capital Oil and Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, has been fined N2.5 million and a 10-match ban for slapping Heartland FC goalkeeper during their last game.
In a video that has been circulating the social media, Ifeanyi Ubah was seen slapping goal keeper Ebele Obi. Ebele was reported to have punched the match referee during the match.
Ifeanyi Ubah was however given the option by League Management Company (LMC) to appeal against the ruling if he deems so. In a statement on Thursday, the LMC toughened its punishment for Ubah after video evidence nailed him.
The statement reads:
“Chief Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, proprietor of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, is suspended from all #NPFL match venues for the next 10 matches. He has now been fined N2.5 million because LMC found him guilty of encroaching field of play & assaulting Heartland player, Ebele Obi. The fabled billionaire is expected to offer a letter of apology and an undertaking to be a good ambassador of the #NPFL.
The LMC further bans all self-procured security services other than those sanctioned by the LMC from all #NPFL match venues henceforth. Four of the 10-match #NPFL ban is suspended for a probationary period till the end of the season. Ubah has up till 5pm on Saturday to appeal this decision if he objects the ruling.”
On the other hand, Ebele Obi, brother of Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel, was on Wednesday slammed with a six-match suspension in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The League Management Company (LMC) announced the punishment stating that the Heartland goalkeeper is being reprimanded for assaulting a referee during their match at FC Ifeanyi ubah on March 23.
Unofficial video footage showed the Heartland goalkeeper push the referee after he was issued a red card immediately after the match for dissent while he and his teammates milled around the assaulted official.
The LMC statement states that goalkeeper Ebele Obi of Heartland was separately charged for breach of Rule C11 in that he assaulted the referee by pushing him down and was banned from all NPFL activities and matches for six matches. The development means that Ebele Obi will miss the matches against Nasarawa United, Rivers United, 3SC, Sunshine Stars, Ikorodu United and El-Kanemi Warriors.