LMC Orders Replay of Abandoned Kwara United-Warri Wolves Tie, Sanctions Host Team.

The League Management Company (LMC) has slammed a host of sanctions on Kwara United for the security breaches which led to the abandonment of their Glo Premier League Matchday 29 clash against Warri Wolves last Sunday.

The League Management Company.
The League Management Company.

As a result, both teams have been directed by the LMC to replay the match on Thursday, September 5 at the FIFA Technical Centre, Abuja.

In a letter addressed to the management of both clubs by the Chief Operating officer (COO) of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar, it was noted that the Match Commissioner’s report indicted the host team, Kwara United, for the security breaches that led to the physical assault on the first Assistant Referee, Mr. CID Durnna by the home fans.

The LMC noted that the sanctions were to serve as a warning to all clubs that the security of match officials and visiting teams are the responsibility of the host team.

Meanwhile, Delta State FA Chairman, Pinnick Amaju, disclosed yesterday that the Delta state team was hard done by the decision to order a replay.

“What the rule says in such security breach that leads to the abandonment of a game is that the home team loses the points. Why is it difficult for the LMC to apply the rule? We will not go to Abuja to replay that match. The rule should prevail.

“We are taking this decision to fight for justice for Nigerian football. Let the right thing be done so that our football can grow. What they are doing is encouraging violence. Supporters of any club can now kill and get a rematch. We must all stand for justice in our football,” Amaju said.