Heartland team manager, Mobi Oparaku has tasked the League Management Company (LMC) to have a review of what transpired in their game with Plateau United as he must have been mistakenly punished for a crime he did not commit.
The LMC suspended Oparaku from all NPFL activities for the next 10 matches while the league body also docked the Naze Millionaires' three points and were also made to part with over six million naira as fine from the crowd violence that erupted at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri on Monday.
The former international said that he must have been sanctioned in error because he didn’t do anything untoward during the mayhem to warrant such sanction and has also pleaded with the organizers of the league to be more lenient with the punishment meted out to Heartland.
“I just want to state that I have been punished in error because I didn’t do anything to warrant the 10 matches ban I have been given,” Oparaku told Goal.
“I didn’t attack the match officials and I was even part of those that were trying to save them. I believe this must have been done in error and I will like the LMC to revisit my case.
“I am peace loving person and I have always been even when I was a player. We were not happy with the officiating of our match with Plateau United but we taken the result of the match like that but banning me for 10 matches is what I can’t explain the reason for it.
“I also want to appeal to the LMC to help lower the punishment given to Heartland. I believe that the sanction given us can be reviewed especially the points deduction because we have said we were sorry for what happened.”