Billionaire business man, Ifeanyi Ubah, faces sanctions for his role in the violence that erupted during a Nigeria Premier League game between his club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, and Heartland FC.
The League Management Company said it would review the sanctions earlier meted out against Ubah and Heartland goalkeeper, Ebele Obi, after a video showed more details of the roles played by the two actors.
The LMC had on Wednesday handed down sanctions to all parties involved, although many viewed the sanctions against Ubah as not being severe.
In the earlier sanction, FC Ifeanyi Ubah was “charged for the encroachment of their supporters on the technical area immediately after the match against Heartland and acting in a manner capable of bringing the league to disrepute contrary to Rule 13.8 of the Rules and Framework”.
The club was also sanctioned for failure to ensure adequate security, crowd control and for granting access to unauthorized persons to restricted areas, contrary to Rule B13.52.
FC IfeanyiUbah was accordingly fined N500, 000 on each of the two breaches and allowed 48 hours to appeal the ruling in writing or submit to the decision of the LMC’.
The chairman of the club, Ifeanyi Ubah, was only reprimanded by the LMC for failing to show positive example by encroaching on the pitch and fueling the disturbances, leading to the harassment of players of Heartland by his team members and personal aides.
Heartland goalkeeper was banned from all NPFL activities and matches for six matches.
But with the emergence of the video evidence, the league body has said it would review the sanctions.
The video showed that Ubah actually slapped the Heartland goalkeeper, and many Nigerians are keen to see the punishment that will be meted against the businessman.
Ubah, gets 10-match ban, N2.5 million fine for slapping goalkeeper
Nigeria’s League Management Company has slammed a N2.5 million fine and a 10-match ban on billionaire businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah, who was caught on camera slapping Heartland FC goalkeeper, Ebele Obi.
The LMC toughened its punishment for Ubah after video evidence nailed him. The regulator however said in a statement on Thursday that the billionaire businessman can appeal against the ruling if he deems so.
The statement read: “Chief Dr Ifeanyi Ubah, proprietor of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, is suspended from all NPFL match venues for the next 10 matches.
“He has now been fined N2.5m because LMC found him guilty of encroaching field of play & assaulting Heartland player Ebele Obi.
“The fabled billionaire is expected to offer a letter of apology & an undertaking to be a good ambassador of the NPFL.
“The LMC further bans all self- procured security services other than those sanctioned by the LMC from all NPFL match venues henceforth.
“Four of the 10-match NPFL ban is suspended for a probationary period till the end of the season.
“Ubah has up till 5pm on Saturday to appeal this decision if he objects the ruling,” the statement concluded.