The League Management Company have fined Heartland , Katsina United and Kano Pillars a combined sum of N2,750,000 after they were charged with breaching the Nigeria Professional Football League Framework and Rules in their opening games of the season in Owerri and Katsina respectively.
Heartland were charged N1,000,000 for failure to ensure adequate security and crowd control during their goalless draw with Sunshine Stars at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.
A statement from the LMC official twitter handle read: “Heartland have also been charged for breaching NPFL Framework & Rules during their Matchday 1 game vs Sunshine Stars.
“Heartland failed to ensure adequate security & crowd control as some of their supporters mad it difficult for match officials to leave the pitch & stadium after the game.
“Heartland will pay a fine of N1m for failing to control the crowd & ensure adequate security in their Matchday 1 game.”
Katsina United and Kano Pillars were also slammed with N1,000,000 and N750,0000 respectively for the role of their fans in the ugly incident that took place when both teams met in the 2017-18 season opener, at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
The Chanji Boys were charged for inability to ensure adequate security and crowd control during the game while Sai Masu Gida's fans show of indecency earned the visiting side a sanction.
“Katsina Utd have been charged for breaching NPFL Framework & Rules during their Matchday 1 game vs Kano Pillars.
“Katsina Utd failed to ensure adequate security & crowd control when some of their supporters stopped the away team from leaving the pitch & stadium after the game.
“A N1m fine has been imposed on Katsina Utd for failing to ensure adequate security & crowd control during the game. Katsina Utd have 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal the sanctions,” the tweet read.
Pillars supporters were alleged to have vandalized stadium property that included seats, windows and doors and the league organizers stated that payment for damages to the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium is to be assessed.
“Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching NPFL Framework & Rules during their Matchday 1 game vs Katsina Utd. Some of the Kano Pillars supporters threw objects including stones & stadium seats towards the field of play during Katsina Utd/ Kano Pillars tie.
"Kano Pillars supporters also destroyed stadium property that included seats, windows and doors.
“Kano Pillars have also been fined N750,000 for their supporters act of throwing objects towards the field of play while payment for the damages on stadium property by Kano Pillars is to be assessed,” the tweet from the LMC read.
All three teams have been given up until 48 hours to either accept the verdicts of the LMC or appeal the sanctions.