The League Management Company (LMC) has recommended the suspension of 15 match officials who officiated in five 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 14 fixtures.
The managers of the league said the performance and conduct of the officials were below standard. “Some match officials involved in five fixtures of Match Day 14 have been recommended for suspension from further officiating of matches pending full investigation into their performances.“ The referees’ performance was well below the high standard expected in the league,(which high standard of a league whose administrators/managers of the league do not adhere to high standards, the PAOK example was easy to resolve because there was TV, WHY IS THERE NO TV IN THE LEAGUE?) including questionable decisions and failure to submit match reports on time.
“The fixtures are Heartland FC vs Nasarawa United, Lobi Stars vs Rivers United, Go Round FC vs Rangers International, Yobe Desert Stars vs Enyimba International and FC IfeanyiUbah vs Plateau United,’’
THE MATCH OFFICIALS
The match officials are Maroof Afolabi (Kwara), Akinsanya Segun (Oyo State) and Alhaji Alhaji (Kogi) who officiated the match in Omoku between Go Round FC and Rangers.
Also, the officials in Heartland FC vs Nasarawa United match — O.O Awosakin, Busayo Ogunyamodi and I.O Awosakin, all from Ondo State — are affected.
In the Lobi Stars vs Rivers United match, centre referee Folusho Ajayi (Oyo State) and her assistants, Aina Idris (Lagos State) and Abdulganiyu Abdulmalik (Bauchi State), were also listed.
PAUSE AND PONDER
In a country where match officials are left at the mercy of the host teams, severe beatings and bodily harm have been the order of the day for the men in black.To our eternal surprise all we hear are; suspended sentences, issues treated with kids gloves, administrators and host teams go “unpunished” so life continues as usual.
The latest political restructuring of committees by the leadership of the league was a move to put ‘yes men’ as heads of vital decision making committees. We know that the people occupying the positions hitherto were not any better but the fact that their voices were heard from time to time became a source of inconvenience to the leadership. As long as the safety of the referees aren’t guaranteed and we dont have a good TV coverage of league matches