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Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is set to slam N10m Fine On Nasarawa United for the violation of framework and regulations of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following the death of the club’s player Chineme Martins.
The recommendations were contained in the Adhoc Committee on Safety and Security’s report submitted to the NFF in a virtual conference yesterday.
The committee also recommended that the Nasarawa FA be temporarily suspended from hosting all NFF-organized matches (including domestic league matches) until some clearly stated conditions are met.
The club has also been mandated to club to immortalized player and pay all financial entitlements of the late Martins immediately, including arrears of salaries and insurance benefits.
Martins,23, slumped during a league game at the Lafia Township Stadium on 8 March, 2020 and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Video clips of events at the stadium caused widespread outrage after it was shown that Martins didn’t receive timely medical attention and was not taken to the hospital on time after the car designated as an ambulance failed to start.
Committee chairman Dr. Peter Singabele enunciated their key findings, submissions and recommendations at both the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City and Lafia City Stadium where it visited, as well as short-term, medium-term and long-term recommendations to forestall such heartbreaking incident in the future.
“The Nasarawa FA should be temporarily suspended from hosting all NFF-organized matches (including domestic league matches) until some clearly stated conditions are met. The player must be immortalized. Nasarawa United FC should pay a fine of N10million to the LMC for non-compliance with Club Licensing Regulations and violation of NPFL Framework and Rules, and should pay all financial entitlements of the late Martins immediately, including arrears of salaries and insurance benefits, if any.
“The NFF should empower its Medical Committee, Technical Committee, Club Licensing Department and the LMC to exercise fully their statutory powers and functions,” Dr. Singabele added.