The Media Officer of Lagos-based Ikorodu United FC, Babatunde Ayoola, has said that the club had appealed the N3.5 million sanction by the League Management Company (LMC) against the club.
Ayoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the fine and banishment from Onikan Stadium to Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta was unfair.
NAN reports that LMC also fined the club N750,000 for failing to provide adequate crowd control measure during and after their 2015/2016 NPFL Match Day 30 game against 3SC of Ibadan.
It was also fined another N750,000 for failing to restrict unauthorised persons from restricted areas during the game.
Ikorodu United’s Match Day 32 fixture against Niger Tornadoes held at its new ground, while the last two games are suspended subject to good conduct for the remainder of the season.
The LMC had given Ikorodu United until 5 p.m. on Aug. 19 to appeal the verdict which the club had complied with.
This punishment followed the abandonment of the Match Day 30 fixture against the Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan because of fans encroachment on the field.
Ayoola said that Ikorodu United should have been given a soft landing in the case, describing the sanctions as harsh and unfair.
“We were not given a fair treatment at all; the LMC should have done better by looking at the cause of the trouble which Ikorodu United was able to curtail.
“We have made an appeal to the LMC concerning the sanction, and before then, we have written series of letters to the same LMC on some questionable officiating against us.
“Our fans did not beat the referee as insinuated; we were able to control the crowd and even the Lagos State FA did not provide the type of security we provided.
“We are not being defensive but we have always been proactive as far as security is concerned. What actually happened was not the fault of the club,’’ he said.
Ayoola contended that the visitors were partly responsible for the crowd trouble experienced during the ill-fated match.
“The genesis of the crises should have been looked into because 3SC fans actually started the fight by throwing sachets of water to the Ikorodu fans stand.
“Shooting Stars fans actually messed up the game, we provided adequate security and the same security escorted the officials into the dressing room.
“We will like a redress of our matter because we are a peace-loving club that did not believe in violence,’’ he said.