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The House Committee chairman on Sports has asked the NFF to hand over the football clubs to the police for prosecution if found guilty of match fixing

The chairman House Committee on Sports, Honourable Godfrey Gaiya has asked that the clubs involved in the matches that produced 146 goals which has enjoyed wide publicity across the globe be arrested and tried in the court of law.

The shameful results were recorded in promotion play-offs into the Nigeria Nationwide League, the lowest tier of Nigeria domestic league last Monday.

Plateau United Feeders beat Akurba FC 79-0 while Police Machine FC demolished Babayaro FC 67-0 while playing in promotional play-offs in which the winner would qualify to play in Nigeria Nationwide League Division 3.

Gaiya, while commending the prompt action taken by the Nigeria Football Federation by suspending the clubs involved in the scam, however, wants the law enforcement agents to arrest all the persons involved in this scandal so as to face the wrath of the law.

“I am very happy with the action of the Nigeria Football Federation First Vice President who doubles as the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mike Umeh who promptly directed that the four teams at the centre of the scandal be grounded pending further sanctions on all involved,” said Gaiya.

“This is a step in the right direction because at least the suspension of the erring clubs gave us some respite in the face of the global football community. But I think it should go beyond this. The officials, players and coaches of the four teams involved should first be arrested and be made to face the wrath of the law if they are eventually found guilty of match fixing.

“Match fixing is a very big offense and detested by Fifa. Nigeria is a big member of the football family and should be seen not to condone this illicit act. The erring clubs must be tried by the appropriate department of the Nigeria Football Federation and the offenders should even be handed over to the Nigeria Police,” the legislator disclosed.