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The League Management Company on Friday said the fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League will continue to hold as scheduled despite an order from the Plateau State High Court, Jos putting the league on hold.
The Court had earlier in the week ruled that matches of the league should be put on hold pending the reinstatement of Giwa FC, who it had previously ruled to be wrongly exempted from the league.
According to a statement on the body’s twitter handle, the LMC said the order was made in disregard of the notice of appeal filed against Justice I.I Kunda’s first order.
The LMC also stated that in addition to the stay of execution filed, it has also filed a notice of appeal against the order of the Court stopping matches of the league until full compliance with the earlier interim order of the court directing the reinstatement of Giwa FC to the League and rescheduling of matches for the club.
The body also queried how the judge found an urgency to make the first interim order three months after Giwa FC had been expelled from the League under the League Rules, for failing to play three consecutive matches.
“We cannot accept that these multifarious and incalculable interests can be held to ransom and subjected to the whim of an individual with no connection, whatsoever, with the operation of the League,” the LMC wrote.
“This decision to continue with the fixtures is part of some urgent steps to preserve the integrity of the NPFL and protect it from irreparable damage.”
The LMC expressed surprise that the judge made the orders despite it was brought to the court’s notice that Giwa FC has written to the LMC stating that it never mandated the plaintiff, Mustapha Abubakar, to sue on its behalf.
“This letter from Giwa FC is a restatement of the written undertaken of the club to abide by the rules and regulations governing the league and football in general and, not to take football matters to the ordinary court,” the body said.
“By the written undertaking, the club states that it should be considered that it has voluntarily withdrawn from the League and organised football activities if it takes any football matter to the courts for adjudication, rather than the internal dispute resolution mechanisms provided by the Rules, including the right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.”
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