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Nigeria League matches not suspended, says Giwa-led NFF

29/08/2014 11:18
The Nigeria Football Federation has insisted that matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League would go on as scheduled this weekend.
In a statement by its Assistant Director, Communications, Ademola Olajire, it urged all stakeholders to disregard a statement from the League Management Company that the matches had been suspended.
The statement quoted the NFF Chairman, Chris Giwa, to have said in Abuja on Thursday that: “It has come to our notice that the LMC has been issuing notices to clubs in the Premier League that matches are being suspended from this weekend.
“This is totally untrue. If the LMC received a notice from the Nigeria Referees Association about a purported withdrawal of referees, the LMC should have brought this to the notice of the NFF.
“It was not for it (the LMC) to take a decision to suspend the League on its own.”
It said Giwa expressed his unhappiness with the NRA for the threat to withdraw referees from the Premier League, and said the NFF would not take the matter lightly.
“As the owners of the League, the NFF is hereby making it clear that Premier League matches have not been suspended. Matches scheduled for this weekend will definitely take place,” Giwa was quoted as saying.
The statement said the NFF has therefore called on all referees appointed for the weekend matches to go for their matches.
It will be recalled that the LMC had in a statement said the matches will be suspended due to the fact that members of the Nigeria Referees Association had indicated that they would not be taking part in any of the matches due to the crisis rocking the NFF
Source - NAN

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