Bet9ja Nigeria National League campaigners, Yobe Desert Stars, Osun United and UNICEM Rovers of Calabar will play their next three home matches in the league under strict closed doors for assaults on match officials and crowd encroachment.
The Bet9ja National League is the second tier of club football in Nigeria.
The three teams are also to pay fines for various degrees of offences and violation of the league’s rule book.
Official report indicted UNICEM Rovers of Calabar for assault on match officials that handled their match day nineteen encounter with Warri Wolves at the U.J Esuene Stadium, Calabar.
The officials received bodily harm of different proportion following the attack by the supporters of the UNICEM Rovers during and after the match.
UNICEM are to also pay N1, 000,000.00 (one million naira) for violating Article 27 on misconduct and N750, 000.00 (Seven hundred and Fifty thousand naira) for the treatment of the match officials.
Jimmy Okotu Assistant secretary of UNICEM Rovers has been handed an indefinite suspension and is to stay away from all NNL matches pending a scheduled compliance with the unit in the NNL.
Another official, Ushie was charged for complicit act that led to the heartless beating of the Match officials while Okotu reportedly slapped the centre referee and led a group of fans of UNICEM Rovers to assault the match officials.
UNICEM Rovers are also to pay N137, 500 being the estimated cost of items reportedly damaged and lost by the match officials in the process of assault on them.
The sum of N1, 887, 500.00 (One million, eight hundred and eighty seven thousand, five hundred, is to be paid to the league body by UNICEM Rovers for violations of rules and regulations.
Yobe Desert Stars of Damaturu aside playing their next three home matches without their fans are to also pay the sum of N2, 000.000.00 ( Two million naira) for assault on match officials and encroachment, for contravening other sections of the league rules in their match day sixteen with Abuja based FRSC at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu.
It was also reported that Supporters of Yobe encroached into the field of play descending on the match officials and throwing various objects at them, and equally stated that the fans of Yobe celebrated the only goal of the game on the pitch while holding the Game up.
The report further stated that Yobe fans prevented match officials from entering the dressing room at half time.
In the summary jurisdiction Osun United, UNICEM Rovers and Yobe Desert Stars have been given one week by the NNL management to identify and produce the assailants.
Osun United duo of Victor Okeji and Obasi Chigozie summarily has been placed on a year ban for assaulting the centre referee after their match day nineteen (19) at the Osun Township Stadium, Oshogbo.
Osun United are to equally pay the sum of N1million for assault on the referees in accordance with article 26 and 27 of the League rules.
Official report confirms that supporters of Osun United ran into the field and assaulted the match officials.
The officials were held hostage for over twenty minutes in the field of play before entering the dressing room
The football associations in Cross River, Osun and Yobe States were charged by the NNL to face its responsibilities squarely.
Victor Okeji and Obasi Chigozie are mandated to appear before the Compliance Unit of the NNL on Monday.