An Italian-based Nigerian football follower, Nicola D’Ambrosio, has reacted following the ugly incident that happened at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium during a league game between Dakkada Football Club and Remo Stars Football Club.
An official of Dakkada Football Club identified as Sunday Etefia, was caught on tape assaulting one of the match officials at the end of the match which ended 0-0.
Making his reaction after watching the clip, D’Ambrosio told Lodgexpress;
“What we saw at Dakkada game is something that has nothing to do with football.
“People who carryout their duty, their work, should not risk their own physical safety. It is right that the club suffers an exemplary penalty, in addition to the disqualification of the field it would also deserve perhaps a small deduction of points.
“Referees must be protected, regardless of their decisions which, like any human being, can be right or wrong”.
The League Management Company, LMC has announced the expulsion of Dakkada assistant coach Sunday Etefia from the NPFL.
The decision came after conclusion of preliminary investigation, on Wednesday, January 5th 2022.
Dakkada FC was found in breach of Rule C9 for failing to control their officials and ensure their proper conduct at all times. The battering of Assistant Referee and harassment of Remo Stars General Manager were cited as such improper conduct.
After booting out Etefia, The League Management Company also fined Dakkada FC a total sum of N3.5m and banished them to Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, where they will play three home games.
Dakkada were ordered to pay the sum of N250,000 each to the Assistant Referee and General Manager of Remo Stars for medical expenses and may include any additional verifiable and authenticated medical costs.