CASE: SIR MONTY FC VS. ESSIEN AYI FC

In the matter between Sir Monty FC Vs. Essien Ayi FC in the match played on 15th July, 2022 between Sir Monty FC Vs. Essien Ayi FC. The Committee Rules as follows:

FINDINGS:

1.   The Committee found out that the League Body could not confirm whether or not a Match Commissioner was appointed for the all-important match or not hence the Centre Referee doubled as the Referee and the Match Commissioner.

2.   That the first referee’s report was written by the Referee in his hotel room, in company of his friends who took him from the match venue to the hotel.

3.   That from the totality of the facts and evidences presented before the Committee, the first report was not written under any form of duress because the Referee confirmed that why he didn’t report the whole incident in his first report was because he didn’t think the whole issues were that serious; it was when the League called him that he wrote the second report at the instance of the League Body.

4.   Throughout the whole hearing, none of the parties, including the League Body, presented any pictorial or video evidence to substantiate the allegation of harassment and assault against Sir Monty FC.

5.   No pictorial or documentary evidence was presented to the Committee to substantiate the claim/allegation of injury sustained by one Mfon Frederick Ukombe (Secretary, Essien Ayi FC) and one Mr. Iroegbu (Referee Spectator).

6.   That the Centre Referee/ Match Commissioner could not ascertain and substantiate the valuable properties that he claimed to have lost as a result of the purported assault and harassment if any.

7.   That the Centre Referee, as well as all the parties, confirmed to the Committee that the match ended successfully at the stipulated regulation time of 90 minutes with the score line at 1: 1 in favour of both Teams.

DECISION:

In view of the above findings, the Committee decides as follows:

1.   That the allegation of assault and harassment were not proved; hence Art. 4.07(1) of the NLO Rules is inapplicable.

2.   That Mfon Frederick Ukombe (Secretary, Essien Ayi FC) and one Mr. Iroegbu (Referee Spectator) were unable to prove by any evidence, the allegation of assault and harassment on their persons.

3.   That the Nationwide League (NLO) having knowledge of what was at stake regarding the match, were not diligent enough in carrying out their responsibility on the match under review.

4.   The Committee hereby sets aside the summary jurisdiction of the NLO dated 19th July, 2022 and reinstates the result of the match.

5.   That the result of the match with the score line of 1:1 in favour of both teams hereby stands.

6.   That the above decisions are without prejudice to the right of appeal.

In attendance:  Prof. Olufemi Adegbesan (Vice Chairman) Damon Nandam Dashe Esq, (Member), Chike Onyeacho, Esq.(Member), Adamu Sani Osmond, Esq. (Member), and Queen W. Otarakpo, Esq. (Secretary).

Source: DECISION OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE OF THE NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 5TH AUGUST, 2022

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