MATCHS DU JOUR 8
One of the oldest domestic clubs, Kano Pillars have suffered relegation after 21 years from the Nigeria Professional Football League , NPFL.
This is coming with Saturday's decision by the Appeals Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to reject the club's appeal against the three points deduction sanction made by the NFF's Disciplinary Committee.
Before the Appeals' verdict, the four-time champions were heading into their final match of the season against Shooting Stars with 45 points and faced an uphill task to pip the Oluyole Warriors by 3-0 to retain their NFPL status.
On Saturday, the forfieting of the three points, Pillars are left with 42 points which all but confirms their relegation to the Nigeria National League (NNL), with the latest development seeing them lose six points this season to violence.
“Finding No.5 of the Disciplinary Committee, which was not appealed against by the Appellant, was what the Committee found as the main crux of the disruption of the match by the attack of the Kano Pillars' former Chairman on Asst. Referee 1, as shown in the pictorial evidence presented before the Committee.
In view of the above, the appeal fails," the Decision of the Appeals Committee read. “On the issue of the destroyed camera, the Committee agrees that the memory card was removed and the pouch of the microphone was destroyed, as such, this constitutes damage to property, therefore, the appeal fails.
The decision of the Disciplinary Committee is hereby upheld. Consequently, the appeal is hereby dismissed. “On the League Management Company's letter dated 14th July 2022, addressed to the General Secretary, Nigeria Football Federation, having found that the letter is contemptuous, League Management Company is hereby barred from sending such letter to the Nigeria Football Federation. as the letter was trying to sway the decision of the NFF Appeals Committee.”
Meanwhile, the Appeal Coomittee announced that an appeal against this decision shall only be entertained by the Court of Arbitration for Sports, Lausanne, Switzerland according to Art. 70 of NFF Statutes 2010.