Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nigerian Football Federation: Nigerian players receive life ban over Match fixing scandal

Players and officials involved in the match fixing scandal, the two Nigerian promotion play-off games that ended 79-0 and 67-0 have been banned for life.
Plateau United Feeders were 79-0 won over Akurba FC while Police Machine FC smashed Bubayaro FC 67-0.

According to Vice President of Nigerian football governing body, Mr. Mike Umeh, they were able to establish that all of the players and officials involved in the scandal actually fixed the matches. The NFF also endorsed the life ban recommended by the panel on the match commissioners for the two matches as well as the center referees and the assistants for not living up to their responsibilities and for allowing the game to be brought to disrepute.

"Investigation showed that all the players and officials of the four teams were involved in the shameful act," Mr. Umeh told a news conference in Abuja on Monday.
"It was embarrassing that in one of the games, a player scored 11 times while in the other, four goals were scored within a minute and a player scored three own-goals in a match."