Katsina United has been asked to pay a fine of N1million and face banishment to another venue for not allowing visiting teams access to train on their registered home ground for matches as provided by the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules.
The League Management Company (LMC) decided to penalised the Abdullahi Biffo’s side after reviewing the different complaints by three other premier league clubs before the complaint by Rangers International that they were prevented from gaining access to the Mohammed Dikko Stadium on Tuesday for a rescheduled fixture.
Katsina United was accused to have breach Rule C1 of the LMC framework and a sanction is hereby imposed on the Club.
Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer in a letter conveying the decision to the club, stated, “You are in breach of Rule C1 (Misconduct) of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that you severally prevented or failed to permit the visiting teams from gaining access to your registered home ground for the scheduled pre-match training, thereby failing, inter alia, to act in the best interest of the game and comply with the principles of fair play and sportsmanship”.
“Consequently, the LMC intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction and to impose on you the following sanctions:
1. A fine of One Million Naira (N1, 000, 000.00) for the several acts of misconduct and
2. A caution, to wit, in the event of a repeated breach, further or more severe sanctions could be applied, including but not limited to relocation of the club to another ground in the overriding interest and other considerations”
Meanwhile, the Northern Club have 48 hours to respond in writing with an option to accept the decision of the LMC or appeal.
MFM, Kwara United, Insurance of Benin and Lobi Stars variously complained of inability to access the stadium for pre-match training.