Enyimba’s Ogunbote wants firmer penalty to curb violence

The seasoned tactician has charged the league organisers to implement stiffer punishments to halt violence at match venues

Enyimba’s coach Gbenga Ogunbote has called on the League Management Company (LMC) to crack down harder on incidents of crowd violence in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The Peoples’ Elephants face Remo Stars on Sunday, with the game to be played behind closed doors following sanctions against the Sagamu-based outfit for a number of infractions on Matchday 15, including harassment of match officials and the assault of a journalist.

While he deferred to the discretion of the LMC, the Enyimba gaffer was adamant that even more stringent punitive measures are required.

“If, in the opinion of the organisers of the league, they think that’s the only way; [that] if they deny fans the opportunity to watch their team play, maybe next time they’d have a rethink and wouldn’t try such a thing, then that’s fine,” Ogunbote told Goal.

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“But I think it’s not enough, because in a situation like that, even lives could have been lost and, I think they [the LMC] should still look at the situation deeply and see what more they can do.

“I know we’ve read several times that the organisers say they (the clubs) must produce the perpetrators of the acts. I have not seen one! I have not seen one being produced. Well, I know, very soon we will get there.”