Rabiu Ali’s NPFL Ban Suspended By The League Management Company 

Rabiu Ali’s NPFL Ban Suspended By The League Management Company 

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The League Management Company has lifted the ban placed on Kano Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali.

The legendary Nigerian League midfielder was given a 12-match ban at the end of last season after he was found guilty of instigating crowd trouble.

Rabiu and some Pillars fans attacked referee, Adebimpe Quadri, following an NPFL Super six game against Rangers at the Soccer Temple in Agege.

The referee had given a 90th-minute penalty to the Flying Antelopes, which was converted by Godwin Aguda, to give the Enugu-based club a draw.

After investigating the matter, Rabiu was slapped with a fine and the ban started counting from Pillars' final game of last season. He was also made to engage in community service.

Having missed six games since that ban and effectively engaging in several community services, the influential midfielder wrote to apologise for his behaviour and has now been forgiven by the League management and will resume action from this weekend.

"Following apology letters from Rabiu Ali of Kano Pillars, his 12-match ban has come under review considering the community service he rendered as directed by the LMC," a statement on LMC's official Twitter handle read.

"After considering Rabiu Ali's past record in the league, the remaining period of his ban is hereby commuted to a suspended sentence with effect from Matchday 6.

"Rabiu Ali is however required, as part of the commutation of his ban, to contribute to community engagement & development including visiting schools to promote good virtues associated with football.”

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