The Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, has debunked reports that the Nigerian Professional Football League games have been suspended.
Following the death of Nasarawa United player, Chineme Martins, the sports ministry and the NFF put out a statement ordering games not to hold at match centres except the demands of medical equipment and personnel were met by the host teams.
That statement was reported wrongly by some media outlets who reported that games have been suspended in the league by the football regulatory body.
But the chairman of the LMC has moved to clarify the situation, directing NPFL clubs to ignore those speculations.
Dikko clarified on Tuesday that the statement by the NFF on its Twitter page was unambiguous in its message that match commissioners and host state football associations must ensure that all medical requirements, including equipment and personnel, must be in place before starting a particular game.
The LMC chairman reproduced the NFF statement before putting up another one, clarifying the situation.
“The statement does not translate to a blanket suspension of the league but not to allow a game to start at any venue that is in breach,” said Dikko.
“While the incident in Lafia remains unfortunate, it needs to be stated that Match Commissioners are always armed with a checklist of pre-match requirements covering security, state of changing room and pitches as well as the medicals. What is in place now is stricter enforcement of the requirements.”