Despite video evidence, the Nigeria National League (NNL) management has rescinded its decision to cancel the Matchday 4 fixture between Osun United and Vandrezzer FC.
VFC controversially lost 2-1 to Osun United with video evidence of supporters intimidating match officials and players of Vandrezzer FC who were ahead in the first half. This was in addition to the damage done to VFC broadcast equipment and other forms of hostility.
Recall that we reported the case to the NNL with video evidence and this resulted to declaring the game a No Match; banishment of Osun United to Ilorin and institution of a fine against the club and the Osun State Football Association.
However, in a statement signed by Chief Operating Officer of the league, Emmanuel Adesanya dated March 12th and sent to Osun United, the league body stated:
“You will recall that the Management of Nigeria National League took a summary jurisdiction on the conduct of the above named match base on the video evidences available to the Secretariat.
“However, after a careful appraisal of the match reports submitted by the match officials it was way evident then the said match ended on a cordial note without any rancour from both teams.
“In view of this recent available facts, we wish to inform you that the Management of the League hereby rescinds her earlier decision to cancel the match, thus the final scoreline (result) of the match Osun United FC vs Vandrezzer FC is hereby upheld.
“Please note that all other disciplinary actions earlier pronounced on the conducts of Osun Football Association and Osun United FC on the violation of closed doors, Covid-19 protocol orders and destruction of Vandrezzer FC video recording facilities, stands.”
The NNL’s earlier statement reads: “Large number of spectators gained entrance into the stadium despite our Covid-19 protocols and closed door directives.”
“Osun State Football Association and Osun United FC enforced gate takings at the match venue.”
“Spectators prevented the match officials from going back to the dressing room at half time”
“The Cables of Vandrezzer FC video crew were sliced, their video cameramen molested and video cameras seized by supporters loyal to Osun Utd FC.
“There were chants of intimidations and harassments on match officials by the Supporters of osun United FC.”
“That the security provided by the state Football Association were inadequate and ineffective.”
The VFC management is looking into the latest development with a view to deciding the next line of action.
Meanwhile, more video evidence of infractions will be released shortly.
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