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18 Referees Suspended By The Nigeria Referees Association

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

18 referees have been suspended from officiating matches in the ongoing 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League by the Nigeria Referees Association.

Although the statement by the NRA doesn't state why the referees were suspended, it is speculated by Bestchoicesports that unprofessional conducts in the discharge of their duties could be the reason.

The statement confirming the suspension read: “The NRA while recalling that it has recommended for punishment referees found wanting in the course of discharging their duties as about 18 of them in the Premier League list have so far been relaxed for further appointments pending the final determination of their cases, in the NPFL that is in Week 9.

18 Referees Suspended By The Nigeria Referees Association

"The referees’ body strongly adopts a very serious zero tolerance to corruption and bribe taking in the system and can be proud to state that in the past four years, there has never been an established case of bribe-taking raised against Nigerian referees both at home and international levels.

“The NRA wishes to state that it is deeply committed to the growth of Nigerian football as it has charged referees to operate within the confines of the LMC laws and regulations by adhering strictly to accommodation and feeding procedures allowed.

"Referees shall neither be cowed nor distracted by certain unorthodox antics employed by the real enemies of Nigerian football to easily have their way in the system.”

There were reports last week that N1 million bribe was returned by match officials who were paid to influence Yobe Desert’s match.

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