Wikki Tourists lose three points to El Kanemi Warriors

The Bauchi side have been heavily sanctioned by the LMC over their inability to control their fans recently and could still suffer more
The League Management Company (LMC) has sanctioned Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Wikki Tourists of Bauchi for the role their fans played in a botched Week 22 league encounter against El Kanemi Warriors.

The league body awarded the maximum three points to their opponents and also handed the club other various forms of punishments.

In a statement made available through its acting head of media, Kasali Obanoyen, the LMC directed Wikki to pay a fine of N2 million and also to pay for the medical expenses of the match officials who were allegedly beaten up by suspected fans of the club.

The statement also ordered the Bauchi side to play the remainder of their home league matches at the home ground - Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, behind closed doors.

Quoting the press statement made available to Goal: "In consideration of the reports regarding match No 220 - Wikki Tourists vs El-Kanemi Warriors in Week 22 and in line with article 5.6 (1) of the Regulations guiding the Competition, the LMC hereby takes the following Preliminary Decisions:

1. The match is awarded to El-Kanemi Warriors, 3 points 3 goals; per article 4.3(1)
2. Wikki Tourists fined the sum of Two Million Naira only (N2,000,000); per article 4.3(2)
3. Wikki Tourists to pay for all the medical expenses of the Referees; per article 5.8(1)
4. Wikki Tourists to play its remaining home matches of the season in Bauchi under closed doors.

The punishment is based on happenings in the league encounter between Wikki and El Kanemi which was already in the 85th minute when alleged fans of the home team swarm unto the pitch immediately Chadian international, Hassan Hussein scored a goal for the away team.

The fans allegedly beat the match officials and some players of El Kanemi before they were escorted to safety by the police.