Both the Flying Antelopes and the Kaduna side have received punishments from the handlers of the elite division over their involvement in crowd violence recently
For their roles in the ugly incidents that happened in the Week 3 tie between Enugu Rangers and Warri Wolves and the Week 4 face off, between Kaduna United and Enugu Rangers, both the Flying Antelopes and Kaduna United have been ordered to play their next six and four home games respectively behind closed doors.
Referee Audu Ibrahim was reportedly assaulted by the irate Rangers fans and some players of the club shortly after their goalless draw against Warri Wolves at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. The League Management Company(LMC) which met in Abuja to review some of the outstanding cases witnessed since the commencement of the league season has ordered both clubs to play without the luxury of their fans for the next five games.
The Flying Antelopes had played their Week 5 clash in Enugu against Kwara United behind closed doors before the extension of the penalty on Wednesday in Abuja.
The CAF Champions League campaigners with large supporters and fan base will not be allowed to play with their fans for their home games against Dolphins (Week 7), Kano Pillars (Week 9), Bayelsa United (Week 11), 3SC (Week 13) and Sunshine Stars (Week 15).
Kaduna United too will not be allowed to have their fans and supporters alike to cheer them at their Kaduna United Township Stadium for their next four home clashes against Enyimba (Week 6), Warri Wolves (Week 8), El Kanemi Warriors (Week 9) and Gombe United (Week 11).
The club was found guilty of bringing the game to disrepute after they couldn't control their fans who descended on the match officials and Rangers' cameraman, Eddy Agubuzu and players and officials of the away team held hostage shortly after their Week 4 duel against the Flying Antelopes which ended 1-1.
Meanwhile, Rangers duo of Seun Taro and Senegalese Pierre Coly who were hitherto suspended with immediate effect by the LMC after they were reported to have manhandled the centre referee Audu Ibrahim after their goalless home game against Warri Wolves have had their suspension extended to last till the end of the season.
It would be recalled that both players were barred from playing in a Week 4 league game in Kaduna United as the match commissioner detailed he was acting on instruction from above before the latest verdict.