Katsina United has been fined the sum of N1million by the League Management Company (LMC) for breaching the Fair Play principles and sportsmanship report Completesports.com.
According to a letter signed by Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer which was made available to Completesports.com, Katsina United failed to allow five 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 teams are MFM, Kwara United, Insurance of Benin, Rangers International, and Lobi Stars variously complained of inability to access the stadium for pre-match training.
According to a letter signed by Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer which was made available to Completesports.com reads: “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: A fine of One Million Naira (N1, 000, 000.00) for the several acts of misconduct and 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.”
Katsina United have under the rules 48 hours to respond in writing with an option to accept the decision of the LMC or enter for a hearing.