The League Management Company (LMC) says it has reported the referees in last Wednesday’s fixture between Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Warri Wolves to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that LMC had, in a statement on Friday, said it had reported the three officials to the NFF Referees’ Committee.
“They were reported to NFF for their role in the conduct of the rescheduled Match Day 7 fixture, a role which has been considered inimical to the good of the league,’’ it said.
The statement said referee Francis Agbaegbu from Niger State Referees’ Council and the two others were asked to explain their performance in the match.
NAN reports that the two others are Assistant Referees, Minisen Iyorhe from Benue State Referees’ Council and Garba Mesa from the Yobe State Referees’ Council.
“They have been referred by the LMC to the Referees’ Committee of the NFA to explain their performance in the match played on Wednesday, July 8 at the Lekan Salami Stadium,’’ the statement said.
It said further that the LMC also requested the listed officials be dropped from further officiating in Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) games.
“This will be until further investigation of their performance in the match by the NFF Referees Committee,’’ the statement said.
NAN recalls that the three joins the list of match officials who have been either investigated or dropped to lower leagues and or rested for the remaining games of the season.
This was after their performances were adjudged not to be good enough for the Premier League.
“We are determined to instill discipline and make our eferees offer their best possible quality officiating in every match even if it means having just a few who meet the standard.’’
“We are working in sync with the NFF Referees Committee in this regard,” the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, said.(NAN)