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Assault on referee: LMC fines Plateau Utd N3m , banished to IIorin

League Management Company (LMC) organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football  League (NPFL) have sanctioned Plateau United a total sum of N3million and ordered the Jos side to play their next three home games in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The decision came after some Plateau United fans assaulted match officials in the opening NPFL game between Plateau United and FC IfeanyiUbah last weekend at the New Jos Stadium, Jos.

In a series of tweets by LMC, Plateau United were charged for breaching the Framework and Rules of the NPFL and failure to provide adequate security for match officials leading to some of its supporters and unidentified persons assaulting the referees after the match.

“Plateau United further breached the rules when some of its supporters threw objects and projectiles at the match officials as they attempted to leave the pitch after the game. Some of Plateau United supporters encroached onto the field of play after  the match thereby breaching the league’s framework and rules.

“Plateau United failed to comply with fair play and sportsmanship principles as some of its officials assaulted the referees in a manner capable of bringing the league into disrepute.

“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 plus 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 and bringing the league into disrepute. Plateau United will play its next three home matches at the Ilorin Township Stadium.

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“Plateau United shall forfeit three points from their accrued points should they breach similar league rules in the course of this season. Plateau United are also required within seven days to identify and ensure the apprehension and prosecution by relevant security agencies of one Attahiru Babayo named by the match officials
for leading the assault.

“Failure to ensure that Attahiru Babayo and other culprits are apprehended and prosecuted will lead to Plateau United paying a fine of N25,000 per day until the culprits are brought to book. Plateau United has 48 hours from date of notice to accept or appeal the sanctions,” LMC said via @LMCNPFL.

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