Glo Premier League hammer falls on three referees, two under watch

A Nigerian referee attending to an injured player during an Enyimba versus Nasarawa United game. The NFF says it wants to sanitise officiating in the Glo Premier League.

A Nigerian referee attending to an injured player during an Enyimba versus Nasarawa United game. The NFF says it wants to sanitise officiating in the Glo Premier League.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Referees’ Committee at the weekend suspended two referees, Alaba Abiodun and Francis Agbaegbu and Assistant Referee, Abubakar Garba Yusuf, whose performance was adjudged to be low, costly and unacceptable in the on-going Glo Premier League.

Rising from a meeting on Friday, which formed part of its week–long activities to review the performance of match officials since the beginning of the season with a view to offering tips for better performance in the second stanza, the Committee suspended the trio till the end of the season following investigation and critical analysis of their performances.

According to a release by the NFF, “Abiodun (39, Ogun State) was found guilty of very poor performance in a Week 16 match between Dolphins FC and Wikki Tourists in Port Harcourt, during which he awarded a questionable penalty. Agbaegbu (39, Niger State), was found culpable for gross misapplication of the rule on Added Time, in allowing an added time of 16 minutes in a Week 7 match between Shooting Stars and Warri Wolves in Ibadan, which certainly favoured the home team.

“Assistant Referee Yusuf (40, Kaduna State), was found guilty of awarding one faulty offside decision and two wrong penalties, which altered the final result of the match between FC IfeanyiUbah and Abia Warriors last weekend.



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