Jos High Court Rules Against Giwa FC Fan,  Declines Plea To Shut NPFL

Jos High Court Rules Against Giwa FC Fan,  Declines Plea To Shut NPFL


Justice D.G Mann of Plateau State High Court has refused to hear an application for an order setting aside the entire results of all matches played in the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League, reports Completesportsnigeria.com



The Court made the position clear during its ruling delievered on Friday.

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The application was brought by a fan of  Giwa Football Club of Jos who who was  contesting in court the decision of the League Management Company to expel the club from the NPFL for multiple infractions of the rules of the league.


The plaintiff claimed that as a fan of Giwa FC his fundamental human rights had been injured by the decision of LMC, the manager and operator of the NPFL.


The Court upheld the arguments of LMC's Counsel, Mr. Olumide Olujinmi, that the Court should decline to assume jurisdiction to hear the application because the parties to the suit are currently before the Court of Appeal on several appeals arising from the original suit and also that, the Court of Appeal has reserved its ruling after hearing arguments on the same issues now brought before the lower Court by way of the application.


After hearing counter arguments from Mr. Adzard Adzard, the Counsel to the plaintiff, Court had adjourned its ruling for delivery on 27th January, 2017.


The decision of the Court has no doubt avoided a potentially catastrophic situation for professional football in Nigeria, whose new season has started, in view of the fact that teams have been promoted to and

relegated from the league based on last season's results, which have been ratified by the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF), the football governing body in Nigeria, at its Congress in December 2016, in Lagos.


Giwa FC were expelled from the league last season after they failed to  honour three league games following their  banishment to a neutral venue after their fans disrupted their home match against Enugu Rangers at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.

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