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NPFL will be STOPPED if LMC does not act

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is working on a think rope, and the League Management Company (LMC) have to stand up and make a decision, because if they don’t, the 2020/2021 season we have been enjoying thus far may be stopped.
The NPFL resumed the season late last year after the Presidential Task Force (PTF) gave the nod on the condition that, fans will not be allowed into the stadiums, and the clubs must adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Are the clubs fulfilling the guidelines?
From matchday one, there were images of fans in different centres, and the only thing the LCM said was that they will investigate. Fast-forward to matchday 18, we still have fans trooping into different venues.
A few weeks ago, Rangers International manager, Imama Amapakabo said he was slapped twice in Makurdi, by a fan of Lobi Stars. He said: “I just finished the post-match conference and the boy came out of nowhere, shook his hand in my face, and slapped me. I walked into the dressing room and the boy came from behind, slapped me again, collected my glasses, and started attacking me. My phone fell and the screen got broken.”
To make matters worse, Imama said this happened in the presence of the security team. He added: “The funny thing is that this happened right inside the stadium, with the security officials there and I told them, ‘you guys are here and this boy was doing this.’”
On matchday 18, another incident of fans violence occurred, when Kwara United went away to defeat Katsina United, thanks to a 96th-minute winner from Michael Ohanu, and fans, who were not meant to be there, assaulted, beat and battered the match official, who was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Originally, fans are not meant to be in any stadia to watch the NPFL matches, because the games (well, some of the games) are on the NPFL.TV app, and gaining entry into the match venues is illegal. Then, going as far as beating a match official? That was way too far.
There are pictures everywhere and video everywhere and the world is watching, Nigerians are watching, the fans are watching, and certainly, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) are also watching. If the LMC don’t curb this fans’ issue, the PTF may be forced to STOP the league to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.

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