The League Management Company (LMC) of Nigeria, organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have slammed a suspended three-point deduction on Plateau United and banished the club to Ilorin, Kwara State after violence marred their league game against FC Ifeanyiubah on Sunday.
The Match Day One encounter decided at the New Jos Stadium in Zaria road ended 0-0 before some angry fans of the home side descended on the match officials unleashing mayhem on them.
Centre referee Samuel Agba from Cross River state was said to be in critical condition on Sunday night after the inhumane treatment and the league organisers have now meted out punishments on Tuesday evening.
“A fine of N1m for failing to provide adequate security has been imposed on Plateau United.
“Plateau United will also pay N1m being N250,000 each to the assaulted match officials as compensation + any additional expenses for their treatment.
“Plateau United will also pay a N1m each for throwing objects onto the field of play, encroachment after the match & bringing the league into disrepute.
“Plateau United will play its next 3 home matches at the Ilorin Township Stadium.
“Plateau United shall forfeit 3 points from their accrued points should they breach similar league rules in the course of this season.
“Plateau United are also required within 7 days to identify & ensure the apprehension & prosecution by relevant security agencies of one Attahiru Babayo named by the match officials for leading the assault.
“Failure to ensure that Attahiru Babayo & other culprits are apprehended & prosecuted will lead to Plateau United paying a fine of N25,000 per day until the culprits are brought to book,” reeled out the LMC on their Twitter handle on Tuesday.
The LMC gave Plateau United forty-eight (48) hours to accept the judgement. They will play their second league game of the season away to Heartland FC on Wednesday in Okigwe.