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Former Hearts of Oak star Douglas Nkrumah slapped with 12-match ban in Nigeria for attacking referee

Published on: 07 September 2017
Douglas Nkrumah

Nigeria-based Ghanaian midfielder Douglas Nkrumah has been banned for 12 matches and slapped with a hefty $700 fine for attacking a match official during a league game in the top-flight league.

The former Hearts of Oak player is among nine players of FC IfeanyiUbah who were handed bans for 12 games for misconduct.

With the Nigerian top-flight league coming to end this weekend, Nkrumah and his team-mates as well as club officials who were banned will take the suspensions to next season.

The League Management Company has fined FC IfeanyiUbah over N2 million and suspended nine of their players for 12 games for misconduct.

LMC made the announcement on their verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.

The punishment was as a result of the trouble that broke out during the rescheduled NPFL  matchday-36  match on August 28 in Lokoja  between FC IfeanyiUbah and  Niger Tornadoes which the the Minna side won  2-1 .

FC IfeanyiUbah ended the game with nine men following the sending off of Godwin Obaje and King Osanga.

Apart from the players, FC IfeanyiUbah’s secretary Chidi Nwogu and kit manager Adirika Obiefuna were handed 19 game suspension each.

A statement by LMC on their Twitter handle reads: “FC IfeanyiUbah have been charged for breaching #NPFL Framework and Rules during their Matchday 36 game vs Niger Tornadoes

“FC IfeanyiUbah failed to control and ensure proper conduct of their players and officials during the NPFL game vs Niger Tornadoes

“Some FC IfeanyiUbah players, officials and supporters assaulted match officials on NPFL matchday 36 in Lokoja

“Also, some FC IfeanyiUbah players and officials conducted themselves in manner capable of bringing the NPFL to disrepute

“Furthermore some FC IfeanyiUbah players and officials on the bench encroached on to the field of play

“FC IfeanyiUbah will pay a fine of N1m for encroachment during the NPFL game vs Niger Tornadoes

“FC IfeanyiUbah will also pay a fine of N750,000 for failure to control their players and officials during the NPFL game in Lokoja

“FC IfeanyiUbah will pay N500,000 being N250,000 each to the assaulted referee and assistant referee plus any certified medical bills

“FC IfeanyiUbah players Ngoma Luamba, Elu Wilson, Isaac Loute are suspended for 12 NPFL games each for assault on the referee

“Also banned for 12 NPFL games are Stephen Eze, Adeleye Olamilekan,  Michael Egbeta, Uchenna Godfrey Jr, Douglas Nkrumah, Kone Soumaila

“Also, FC IfeanyiUbah secretary Chidi Nwogu and kit manager Adirika Obiefuna are banned for next 19 NPFL games for assault on match officials

“The suspensions on FC Ifeanyiubah players and officials take effect immediately and shall be carried over into the next NPFL season.”

IfeanyiUbah are currently eight on 53 points in the NPFL table.

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