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NPFL: LMC Expel Dakkada Coach For Slapping Referee



The League Management Company (LMC) yesterday expelled Dakkada FC Assistant Coach, Sunday Etefia, from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

They also fined the Uyo-based club a total of N3.5million after the conclusion of preliminary investigation on the assault on an Assistant Referee, Sani Baba.

In the Summary Jurisdiction notice, the LMC noted that Dakkada FC was charged for “breach of Rule B13.52 in that on Sunday, the 2nd of January 2022, you did not fulfil your responsibility, as the designated home team, to ensure adequate and effective security for persons involved in the match, wherein a match official (AR 2 – Sani Baba) was assaulted and battered by one of your officials (Sunday Etefia) as the match officials proceeded to leave the pitch at full time; and the General Manager of the visiting team was also harassed and assaulted in the tunnel at half time.”

In the second charge, Dakkada FC was found in breach of Rule C9 for failing to control their officials and ensure their proper conduct at all times. The battering of Assistant Referee, Baba by Etefia and harassment of Remo Stars General Manager were cited as such improper conduct.

Consequently, the LMC fined the Club N3m for failure to provide adequate security in the course of the match. Dakkada were ordered to pay the sum of N250,000 each to the Assistant Referee and General Manager of Remo Stars for medical expenses and may include any additional verifiable and authenticated medical costs.

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