As the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation gets set to take decisions on cases of abandoned/inconclusive matches in the on-going premier league season, Grassroots Football Study Initiative (GFSI) has called on the football authorities to give Warri Wolves a fair hearing.
Rising from an emergency meeting, Grassroots Football Study Initiative, a non-governmental organisation committed to fair play and global best practices in the game of football, is irked by what it described as “selective justice” in cases involving Warri Wolves in the country’s elite division.
In a press briefing yesterday in Asaba, the Delta State Capital, the Executive Chairperson of the Group, Mrs. Sophia Odogwu said that they are perturbed at the impunity with which home teams take laws into their hands and get away with it.
Mrs. Odogwu said after a careful analysis of events as they unfold in the country’s football arena, the group was convinced that it amounted to double standard if El-Kanemi Warriors and Sunshine Stars respectively were awarded three points against their opponents for football violence while Warri Wolves are being ordered to do a replay when fans of Kwara United beat up a referee to pulp during a match.
“The group is forced to believe that there is a gang-up by some powerful forces to bring Warri Wolves FC down as the rules are being selectively applied, and in the process throwing Nigeria football into abyss,” read their statement.
According to Mrs. Odogwu, the whole world is watching the melodrama as Kwara United feels that it can ride on the back of the Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi for a soft landing. The group believes that the Sports Minister, who witnessed the ugly incidence in his home state during the said match in the stadium will not do anything that will rubbish his transformation agenda in the Sports industry.
Meanwhile, the group has called on stakeholders to prevail on the handlers of Warri Wolves FC to take the matter to the highest football levels, that is, at the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and even FIFA, if the decision of the Disciplinary Committee is anything short of Warri Wolves FC being awarded the three points at stake. An order to Warri Wolves FC to do a re-play is injustice carried too far, the statement concluded.