Three Nigerian Professional Football League clubs Rangers International of Enugu, Lobi Stars and Niger Tornadoes have been fined by the League Management Company (LMC) for several breaches in their opening day fixtures, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Reigning Nigerian Professional Football League champions Rangers International of Enugu were fined N2.750million for breaching the rules by the League Management Company, a media release from the LMC states.
Rangers who lost their opening day fixture to Abia Warriors breached four rules (Rules B13.52, B13.18 and C1.1) according to a media release from the LMC.
The Enugu club was slammed for not restricting access to unauthorized persons to all restricted areas at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in the course of their 2-1 defeat to Abia Warriors.
"In the course of your Match Day 1 fixture: Rangers International vs. Abia Warriors, you (Rangers) failed to ensure restriction of access by unauthorized persons to referees’ changing room in an attempt to intimidate and or harass the referees; and they further gained access to the State Box to harass officials of the visiting team," a statement from the LMC signed by Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer, read.
"Their attempt to assault match officials and hauling stones and other missiles at the match officials while they were being escorted off the field of play by security personnel, in the process of which the Match Commissioner and a security operative were injured by missiles thrown."
The release also informed that the spokesperson of Enugu State Police Command Ebere Amaraizu chided the supporters of Rangers International to refrain from taking laws into their hands regardless of the outcome of the games.
Amaraizu further warned that the police will no longer tolerate abuse of the laws of the land by club supporters.
Also fined was Lobi Stars fined N100, 000 for failing to have the surname of their players written at the back of their jerseys during their match against Shooting Stars while Niger Tornadoes were sanctioned for having inferior lettering of shirt names and numbers of their players on their jerseys.
Tornadoes are to pay N100, 000 for this breach