The Chairman of the League Management Committee, Nduka Irabor, says stringent punitive measures would be meted out to clubs who allow their fans to wreak havoc on officials.
Crowd violence has been an issue in the domestic league in recent seasons but the former House of Representatives member warned that the LMC would not hesitate to ban any erring clubs, adding that if found guilty, immediate action would be taken against the offenders.
The LMC boss said, “We will not hesitate to punish violent fans. We won’t wait for two weeks to deal with offenders. Our plan is to have all complaints resolved between 48 and 72 hours. So, disturb any game and you are gone.
Nobody is going to give you the chance to file an appeal and delay the process. “By the next match, you will certainly not be playing on your turf again. We will banish teams who create any form of problems in the league.
“We are aware of the security situation in the country but it is the duty of the host teams and their owners to do everything possible to ensure that travelling teams get the best welcome and that they return home intact.”
Irabor appealed to fans to be of good conduct during games in the LMC’s attempt to build a world-class league. “We appeal to fans who come to watch games looking menacing to let the game go on without an atmosphere of fear.
Whether away or home, play fair and expect that your output will give you the result you deserve.” “A team doesn’t have to go away with the fear of being attacked. The referee should not be intimidated by fans, who come with scary approaches,” Irabor added.