LMC gives Dolphins 60 days to settle players’ dues or lose six points

Football- image source noshahronline

Football- image source noshahronline

The League Managing Company (LMC) has ordered Port Harcourt club, Dolphins, to settle its indebtedness to its players within 60 days or face severe sanctions.

According to the LMC, the directive follows ‘a conclusive investigation of the very first formal complaint by a player on breach of contractual agreement by his club,’ leading the body to invoke extant provisions of the Nigeria Professional Football League Rules and Frameworks 2014/2015 season.

Emeka Atuloma of Dolphins filed the complaint dated May 25, 2015, against his employers citing non-payment of his salary since the commencement of the 2014/15 season, which kicked off on March 8.

The LMC in a statement yesterday ‘charged Dolphins FC with breach of contract with not only the complainant player, but with all its players following the club’s own admission vide a letter dated June 12, 2015, that no player of the club has received his salaries  during the period which has exceeded the 60 days cap.’

The LMC revealed that it had in a letter dated June 19, 2015 notified the management of Dolphins that they were in breach of Article B9.45, which they must remedy within 60 days or be liable to the deduction of six points in line with the provisions of the NPFL Rules and Framework for 2014/15 season.

“They will lose a further three points for every 30 days the breach was not remedied after the expiration of the 60 Days notice of default period,” the LMC threatened.

In the notification letter to Dolphins signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, the club’s attention was drawn to Article B9. 45, which states that, “The terms of a contract between a club and a player shall be strictly adhered to and where a club fails to pay remunerations and entitlements due to a player for a period of more than 60 days such club shall be liable to a deduction of 6 (six) points and a further deduction of 3 (three) points every 30 days for which the entitlement remains unpaid.”

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