Uyo Township Stadium Banned

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The Uyo Township Stadium has been banned from playing host to any Glo Premier League matches, supersport.com can report.

The League Management Company, LMC, has put the stadium in Uyo under ban for the rest of the season.

The development means Akwa United will now play their home matches at the Rojenny Stadium in Oba near Onitsha.

The Uyo Township Stadium was banned following the alleged assault on centre referee, Henry Ogunyamodi on 5 June by unidentified fans during the Akwa United and Warri Wolves game.

The match was abandoned after the first half when the referee refused to continue officiating on the grounds that he had been attacked by some fans in the dressing room.

As at the time of abandonment Akwa United were leading 2-0 through goals from Ubong Ekpai and Emmanuel Enize.

Akwa United will also lose three points and three goals to Warri Wolves.

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LMC has also directed Akwa United to pay the referee and foot the bill for the pitch panels destroyed during the game.

“We need to send a strong signal. They will also compensate each of the assaulted refs with N200,000 and pay for the cost of advert and branding materials destroyed by their fans. Other sanctions might be imposed after full investigation,” said the LMC chief operating officer, Salihu Abubakar to supersport.com.

It is understood that Akwa United will appeal the sanctions at the Organising and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Another NPFL club, Lobi Stars were also at the wrong end of the LMC’s stick.

The Makurdi club will play their next eight home matches behind closed doors after their fans allegedly attacked centre referee, Audu Ahmed Ibrahim on 8 May when Lobi played out a 0-0 draw against Enyimba in Katsina-Ala.

Supersport.com was informed that the case of Lobi Stars is currently with the disciplinary committee of the NFF for final pronouncement.

“Their case is before the NFF disciplinary committee. We just took a preliminary decision to ask them to play eight games behind closed doors,” said Abubakar.

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