The League Management Company (LMC) has slammed Giwa FC N3.65 million fine for failing to show up for the ordered completion of the abandoned Match Day 12 fixture between them and Rangers International of Enugu.
The League Management Company (LMC) in a statement on Thursday night declared Rangers the winner of the fixture which was meant to be completed at the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday, after Giwa FC failed to show up. Rangers led 1-0 in Jos before the match was abandoned and the LMC had to rely on Rule B13.55 to declare Rangers winner with three points and one goal.
The Jos-based side has thus been ordered to pay fines for breaching Rule B13.25 of the Framework and Rules for failing to honour a fixture obligation without acceptable reason. The fines include the sum of N2, 000, 000, another N650, 000 to offset the Match Officials expenses and N1, 000, 000 to offset the expenses of Rangers International.
Giwa FC has however been given 48 hours to accept the decision in writing or elect to appear before a commission
Part of the statement read:
“An order that the match which lasted 74 minutes shall count as a completed fixture, i.e the goals so far recorded (0-1) shall be the final scores; this is pursuant to Rule B13.55 which states that “the LMC may order a league match which for whatever reasons lasts for less than 90 minutes to count as a completed fixture or to be replayed”.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had on Monday upheld the decisions of the LMC which has in a summary jurisdiction exercise ordered that the match be completed in Abuja from the 74th minute at which it was disrupted by Supporters of Giwa FC in Jos.