By Colin Udoh:
Kaduna United goalkeeper Pius Ibrahim has been handed an indefinite ban and fined N100 000 by the Nigeria Premier League for attempting to assault the centre referee after being sent off for using abusive language on the official in their 1-1 at Enyimba.
Ibrahim was booked for time-wasting in the second half, and immediately launched a tirade of abuse at the referee, who had no option but to show him a straight red.
Ibrahim totally lost it and had to be restrained by two of his team mates as he attempted to attack the referee, holding up the game for about 3 minutes. It took the security personnel at stadium to get him off the pitch.
NPL’s Head of Competition Tunji Babalola, described Ibrahim conduct as “unbecoming of a professional as there was a vicious attempt by the player to attack the Center Referee after receiving an expulsion card for unsporting behavior.
“The NPL believes that, regardless of the decisions of the match officials, no player or official is allowed to use foul language on the match officials.”
According to Babalola, Pius could face additional sanctions from the NFF Disciplinary Committee.
Wikki Tourists were also fined N1 million for the unruly behaviour of their fans in their own 1-1 draw against Sunshine Stars at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
At the end of the game, the center referee, Otujeme Joachim and his assistant referee were physically assaulted.
Wikki have been directed to identify the perpetrators of the act and hand them over for prosecution. The club’s subsequent home matches shall be played behind closed doors until the perpetrators are identified.
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