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Enyimba rejects LMC’s replay order
Enyimba International Football Club has described as miscarriage of justice, the decision of the League Management Company (LMC) that its controversial Week 31 league game with Kano Pillars be replayed in Lagos.
In a protest letter signed by its Executive Chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu, addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC and copied the General Secretary, Nigeria Football Federation and the President, Nigeria Referees Association which was made available to Saturday Sunsports, Enyimba viewed the LMC’s decision as inconsistent with the rules and regulations governing the Nigeria Professional Football League and, therefore, rejected same in its entirety.
According to the letter: “The decision (of the LMC) undermines the extremely violent conduct of Kano Pillars and gives them an undeserved opportunity to earn points when they should, in fact, as contained in the rules, forfeit three goals and three points to Enyimba.
The letter cited Article 4.3 (2) of the rules governing the league which states inter alia:
“Any club guilty of disturbance during and after a match, shall be banished to a neutral ground for the rest of the season. The club shall also forfeit three points and three goals to its opponent in addition to three goals and three points that shall be deducted from the already accrued points of the club.”
The letter claimed that Kano Pillars disrupted the match in question three times, delaying the game for about 30 minutes as the match that started at 4pm still went on as at 6.30pm as a result of the encroachment and disruption.
Enyimba, among other pleas, requested the LMC to apply the rules by awarding it three points and three goals in the interest of fairness and equity.