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Enyimba fined N2.5m for supporters pitch invasion

Enyimba International FC and their supporters club have been fined N2.5m for field encroachment and the disruption of the trophy presentation ceremony by its supporters…

Enyimba International FC and their supporters club have been fined N2.5m for field encroachment and the disruption of the trophy presentation ceremony by its supporters who have also been seriously reprimanded by the League Management Company (LMC) for their behavior in Aba and at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The LMC says the action violates article B13.18 of the Rules and Framework of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Thousands of fans invaded the pitch while the LMC leadership and dignitaries were presenting the 2014/15 Glo Premier League trophy to winners, Enyimba International FC of Aba, causing a disruption in the schedule of the planned presentation ceremonies.
Last season at the Enyimba International Stadium, fans of Kano Pillars executed a similar pitch invasion when their club was to be presented the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season trophy and the club was fined N2m for the infraction. The LMC says it would not condone such disruptive acts that deny sponsors and other stakeholders the marketing benefits and beauty of such well-planned ceremonies.
In a Summary Jurisdiction notice issued Enyimba FC, the LMC charged the Supporters Club for violating Article B13.18 of the rules and relying on Article B15.16 which provides that Clubs would be held responsible for the behavior of their fans fined Enyimba N500,000 for the invasion of the Enyimba International Stadium pitch after they secured the trophy with a nil all draw against Warri Wolves on Match Day 37. In the second charge of disruption of the trophy presentation ceremony on Match Day 38 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the newly crowned Glo Premier League champions were fined N2,000,000 bringing the total to N2.5m.
While the Supporters Club of Enyimba have expressed regrets and apologized for their conduct, the LMC has written to sternly reprimand the Supporters Club and warned them to desist from such behavior in their future activities. The LMC said while it would strategist with security agencies to improve operations during future events, fans and all such unauthorized persons who encroach on the field after games and during ceremonies will be apprehended and handed over to the Police.
 

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