NPFL: More trouble for troubled MFM as LMC hammer falls
The League Management company of the Nigerian Professional football league has let down sanctions against MFM FC for breaching the NPFL Framework & Rules in their Matchday 26 fixture vs Rangers last Sunday.
Some of MFM supporters & officials encroached onto the field of play & attacked the centre referee.
MFM also failed to provide & ensure effective security during the game which resulted in breakdown of law & order at the match venue.
MFM further breached the rules as their supporters, players & officials behaved in a way capable of bringing the league into disrepute.
MFM, furthermore, failed to control their players & officials in ensuring they displayed proper conduct in the course of their match vs Rangers.
MFM team manager Geoffrey Aghogi breached the Fair Play rules by going to the hotel of the match officials to harass, threaten & intimidate them, thereby bringing the league to disrepute.
MFM have been fined N1 million for failure to provide general security & also fined another N1 million for encroaching onto the field of play.
A fine of N1 million has also been imposed on MFM for unsporting behaviour of their players, officials & fans.
MFM players Jerry Isaac & Christian Molokwu have been suspended for the next 12 matches for their involvement in the infraction in this first instance.
MFM team manager Geoffrey Aghogi is banned indefinitely from all NPFL-organized activities including matches.
MFM have been ordered to identify the persons involved in the assault of match officials & further show evidence of arrest by the police & prosecution/arraignment in a competent court of law.
The assaulted centre referee will get a compensation of N250,000 & any other additional verifiable medical costs.
MFM will play their next three home matches at the Dina Dipo Stadium in Ijebu-Ode & will only return to their home ground upon LMC receiving a satisfactory report on the prosecution of the persons involved in the alleged assault by the police.
A suspended two-point deduction has been imposed on MFM which will be for a probationary period for the remainder of the season.
MFM have 7 working days to pay all fines & also have 48 hours from the date of the notice to appeal the sanctions.