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Desperate clubs responsible for hooliganism in NPFL – Danladi

The Chairman of Chairmen of the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League clubs, Barrister Isaac Danladi has condemned the recent acts of hooliganism in the league,…

The Chairman of Chairmen of the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League clubs, Barrister Isaac Danladi has condemned the recent acts of hooliganism in the league, and blamed it on desperation on the part of some of the clubs.

The efforts by the League Management Company to stamp out hooliganism in the league were threatened last Sunday as fans violent behaviours resurfaced at Kano, Katsina and Shagamu.

Danladi who spoke to Daily Trust blamed hooliganism on desperation on the part of the clubs and the impatience of their supporters.  

“Personally, I see any act of hooliganism as man’s inhumanity to man and I see it as highly criminal and not in line with principles of fair play.

“For a very long time, the LMC has worked assiduously to ensure that all those things are brought under control and to the barest minimum and LMC has succeeded to a very large extent. 

“Unfortunately, this season it has become one act too many. This has to do with desperation of clubs and impatience on the part of the supporters.

“We as club owners Exco also commended and appreciated the LMC for acting promptly and recommending appropriate punitive measures to the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. This would serve as deterrent to other clubs who have negative intentions of doing the same thing,” he said.

Danladi therefore advised other clubs to emulate the good example set by Nasarawa United when they were passing through difficult times.

He said the team drew three matches at a stretch at home but the fans of Nasarawa United did not take the laws into their hands.

“Talking of my team Nasarawa United, we drew three matches at home in quick succession against Rangers, Sunshine Stars and Plateau United, yet nothing happened.

“Even though our fans were not happy, heavens did not fall. As management we appealed to our fans to put everything behind them and come out to support the team. We told them that they would see a rejuvenated team now we are gradually bouncing back.

“We do not support hooliganism because if you throw a stone in the market place, you do not know who it would hit. It may end up on the head of your own person,” he stated. 

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