The League Management Company, LMC, the organizers of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, have recommend some match officials to be suspended following a poor officiating in match day 14.
The poor display by the match officials is highlighted by 5 controversial penalties given in late minutes of games across different centres that spark up frenzy and frenetic comments from all quarters.
Statement which were released via the LMC official Twitter handle went thus:
“Some match officials involved in 5 fixtures of Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday 14 have been recommended for suspension from further officiating of matches pending full investigation into their performances.
“The 5 NPFL fixtures are Heartland vs Nasarawa United, Lobi Stars vs Rivers United, Go Round vs Rangers International, Yobe Desert Stars vs Enyimba International & FC Ifeanyiubah vs Plateau United.
“The match officials are Maroof Afolabi (Kwara), Akinsanya Segun (Oyo) and Alhaji Alhaji (Kogi) who officiated the Nigeria Professional Football League match in Omoku between Go Round and Rangers.
“Also recommended for suspension are the following officials involved in the Heartland vs Nasarawa United match: O.O Awosakin (Ondo), Busayo Ogunyamodi and I.O Awosakin all from Ondo state.
“For the Lobi Stars vs Rivers United match, the officials recommended for suspension are centre referee Folusho Ajayi (Oyo) and her assistants, Aina Idris (Lagos) and Abdulganiyu Abdulmalik (Bauchi).
“Further recommended for suspension are officials in the FC Ifeanyiubah vs Plateau United. They are centre referee Awalu Rabiu (Zamfara), Adamu Zakari (Jigawa) and Badamosi Badamosi (Jigawa).
“The last batch of officials recommended for suspension are the referees in the Yobe Stars vs Enyimba International match. The referees are Dankano A. Mohammed (Kogi), Mohammed Surakat and Toyin Sunday, both from Kwara State council.
“The performance & conduct of the listed referees recommended for suspension were well below the high standard expected in Nigeria Professional Football League including questionable decisions & failure to submit match reports on time.” the statement concluded.
It is now expected that the Nigeria Referee Association, NRA, will carry out a proper investigation into the queries and come out with a verdict.