Rangers fined N5m after matchday mayhem vs Enyimba

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has imposed a N5 million fine on Rangers International FC due to multiple violations during their Match Day 35 game against Enyimba International FC. This match took place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Sunday, June 9.

Rangers fined N5m after matchday mayhem vs Enyimba

In a letter dated June 10, NPFL Chief Operating Officer Davidson Owumi outlined several breaches committed by Rangers during the disrupted match.

Matchday Drama in Enugu

The anticipated clash between Enugu Rangers and Enyimba, reigning champions, ended in chaos when the game was abandoned during stoppage time due to a pitch invasion by fans. The game was goalless when center referee John Ojeleye awarded a penalty to the home team. This decision sparked outrage among away fans, leading to the invasion and subsequent abandonment of the match.

NPFL’s Ruling and Fines

On Monday, the NPFL delivered its verdict, listing the specific infractions by Rangers:

  1. Overcrowding: Rangers were found to have violated Rule B15.24 by over-ticketing the match, resulting in overcrowding at the stadium. This violation incurred a N2 million fine.
  2. Inadequate Security: The club breached Rule B13.52 by failing to provide sufficient and effective security measures, resulting in a N1 million fine.
  3. Poor Crowd Control: Rangers also failed to implement proper crowd control measures as required by Rule B13.52.1, which led to another N1 million fine.
  4. Unauthorized Access: The club was cited for not preventing unauthorized individuals from accessing restricted areas, a breach of Rule B13.52, which brought an additional N1 million fine.

Total Penalty and Further Actions

In total, Rangers International FC has been fined N5 million for these infractions. Beyond the financial penalty, the NPFL has mandated that Rangers implement more effective crowd control mechanisms for future home games.

Compliance and Potential Further Sanctions

Rangers have been given 48 hours to accept the summary judgment and the imposed sanctions or opt to be judged by a disciplinary panel. Failure to comply or submitting a frivolous appeal could lead to additional penalties in accordance with Rule E1 of the NPFL’s Frameworks and Rules.

This ruling underscores the NPFL’s commitment to maintaining order and safety at league matches, emphasizing that violations of league rules will not be tolerated.

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