Decision Of The NFF Disciplinary Committee On The Case Brought Before It For Hearing On 16Th August, 2021

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Case 1: Joy Cometh FC v. Remo Stars FC

INTRODUCTION

This case involves Joy Cometh FC v. Remo Stars FC in a match fixture played on 31st July, 2021 at Agege Stadium, Lagos.

Joy Cometh is protesting the Summary Jurisdiction of the Nigeria National League (NNL).

Findings:1. There was encroachment onto the field of play by officials of Joy Cometh FC (the home team), in protest against the decision of the referee to award a penalty to Remo Stars FC (the away team).2. An unidentified bare-chested man also encroached onto the field of play and took away the match balls.3. Players of Joy Cometh FC left the field of play and remained by the touchline, refusing to return to the field for the penalty to be taken.4. After waiting for up to 5 minutes for players of Joy Cometh FC to return to the field of play, the match officials called off the match upon being convinced that Joy Cometh FC was not ready to continue with the match.

Decisions:1. The decision of the NNL is hereby upheld as follows:a) For refusing to continue with the game for a period up to five (5) minutes, in protest against the decision of the referee to award a penalty to their opponents, in breach of 14(8) of the NNL Rules, Joy Cometh FC shall pay a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00)b) Furthermore, Joy Cometh FC shall forfeit the match to Remo Stars FC by 3 points and 3 goals.c) Joy Cometh FC is ordered to, within 7 days, identify and forward to the NNL for appropriate action, the identity of the bare-chested man who took away the match balls.2. In addition, Joy Cometh FC shall pay a fine of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000.00) for the acts of encroachment by its officials and supporter, in breach of 16(1) of the NNL Rules.3. Finally, it is observed that the report of the Match Commissioner leaves much to be desired. Match Commissioners are required to be detailed and to give clear and comprehensive reports of material incidents that occur in the course of matches.4. That the above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.

Case 2: Match fixing involving Coach Remi Amadi of Cofine FC, Akwa IbomFindings:1. Coach Remi Amadi admitted to have attempted to manipulate the outcome or result of the match between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC as seen in the audio conversation between them.2. Coach Remi Amadi also admitted that if the attempted manipulation had pulled through, the Club, Cofine FC would have benefited from such manipulation.3. Coach Remi Amadi is an employee of Cofine FC when the attempted match manipulation between Coach Remi Amadi and Coach Emeka Okoronkwo took place in the match between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC4. Coach Emeka Okoronkwo neglected and/ or refused to attend the sitting of the NFF Disciplinary Committee held on the 16th August, 2021 despite invitation and notices sent to him, as well as phone calls put across to him.  Pursuant to Chapter 2, Art 50(1) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Committee is empowered to proceed and decide on the basis of the file before the Committee in the absence of oral statement of Coach Emeka Okoronkwo

Decisions:Pursuant to the above findings, in line with Art. 4.17(1) of the NLO Rules, the NFF Disciplinary Committee hereby imposed the following sanctions:1.  A Fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) against Cofine FC for being responsible for the action and inaction of its employee (Coach Remi Amadi) in the said match manipulation.2. The result of the match between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC played on 15th March, 2021 at University of Calabar Stadium, Cross Rivers State is hereby cancelled.3. Coach Remi Amadi is found guilty of master-minding the attempted match manipulation between Cofine FC v. Bussdor FC in a match played on 15th March, 2021 at University of Calabar Stadium, Cross Rivers State and is hereby banned for a period of two (2) years from taking part in any football related activities from the 15th March, 2021 until the 14th March, 2023.4. That the above decision is without prejudice to the right of appeal.

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