Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has fined Kano Pillars the sum of N8 million, while their captain, Rabiu Ali, has been banned from all NPFL activities and matches for a period of 12 matches for igniting match violence after Monday’s NPFL Championship Playoff match between Kano Pillars and Rangers International of Enugu at Agege Township Stadium.
Ali was charged with accosting the match referee and, in so doing, he had incited others to commit acts of violence and misconduct in breach of Rule C1.3
Ali is being punished for his role in the match violence. After the match, the Kano Pillars captain confronted the referee Adebimpe Quadri for awarding an equalizing penalty to the opponent club.
The notice to Ali read, “Consequently, and taking into consideration your role as the captain of the team, by which your conduct is deemed to be an aggravated breach with a view to imposing more severe sanctions pursuant to Rule C19, the LMC intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction.
Kano Pillars were also charged for failing to control and ensure proper conduct of their players and officials, who accosted the match referee in protest.
The charge read, “you are in breach of Rule B13.18 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.
“This is because on Monday, immediately after your NPFL Championship Playoff Match against Rangers International, some of your supporters encroached onto the field of play, pursuing match officials”.