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LMC fines Kano Pillars N8m, hands Rabiu Ali 12 match ban

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The League Management Company on Wednesday announced a number of sanctions against the Kano Pillars Football Club over Monday’s incident involving their supporters and players.

Salihu Abubakar, LMC’s Chief Operating Officer said in a statement that the sanctions were as a result of crowd disturbances and harassment of match officials.

The misdemeanour was committed by Kano Pillars’ fans and players during and after one of Match Day 4 fixtures at the Nigeria Professional Football League Championship Playoffs in Lagos.

“Kano Pillars have been fined the sum of N8 million, while their captain, Rabiu Ali, has been banned from all NPFL activities and matches for a period of 12 matches,” Abubakar said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that supporters and fans believed to belong to the Kano side had invaded the pitch, damaged perimeter fences and advertising panels.

They had also hauled objects at the VIP stands at the end of the fixture between Kano Pillars and Rangers International which ended 1-1.

LMC, in a summary jurisdiction notice, charged Kano Pillars with four breaches of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL including breaches of Rule B13.18, C9, C1.1.

Ali was charged with accosting the match referee and, in so doing, he had incited others to commit acts of violence and misconduct in breach of Rule C1.3

The notice to Ali read, “Consequently, and taking into consideration your role as the captain of the team, by which your conduct is deemed to be an aggravated breach with a view to imposing more severe sanctions pursuant to Rule C19, the LMC intends to exercise its summary jurisdiction.

“By this, LMC will impose on you the following sanction: a ban from all NPFL matches and activities for a period of 12 matches, commencing immediately”.

In the charge against Kano Pillars, the breaches covered offences such as the hauling of objects towards the field of play by some of their supporters in violation of Rule B13.18.

Kano Pillars were also charged for failing to control and ensure proper conduct of their players and officials who accosted the match referee in protest.

This constituted a breach of Rule C9.

The third charge read, “you are in breach of Rule B13.18 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.

“This is because on Monday, immediately after your NPFL Championship Playoff Match against Rangers International, some of your supporters encroached onto the field of play, pursuing match officials”.

The fourth count was hinged on the violent conduct of the supporters in a manner capable of bringing the league to disrepute.

This also includes injury to spectators and damage to facilities and equipment in violation of Rule C1.1.

It is an act which is punishable by virtue of B15.17 and B13.23 of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL.

For the first three breaches, the LMC fined the club N1 million for each count and N5 million for the breach of Rule C1.1.

Furthermore, the club have been ordered to play their next three home matches behind closed doors.

They also stand to forfeit three points in the new season, 2019/2020, should they be found in further breach of the charges during the duration of the new season.

The player and club are required by the rules to accept or appeal the charges and sanction in writing within 48 hours.

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Drogba sends message to Tammy Abraham And Chelsea’s Youngsters

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Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba has hailed striker, Tammy Abraham following his impressive form at the start of this season.

He also disclosed that Abraham learnt from him in training during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign, but Drogba believes the 21-year-old took inspiration from senior players, adding that he was not surprised with Abraham’s great form this term.

“Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba was quoted by Sky Sport as saying.

“These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game.

“So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.

“It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.

“So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].”

Drogba added: “I think he (Lampard) is focusing on Chelsea and it happens that he needs to work on young players, to give them a chance.

“Being an ex-player from the club, it helps a lot because we’ve seen all these kids when we were training.

“So, you know, you have to give them a chance and when you do, they deliver.

“They’ve been performing. Of course, there will be maybe a lack of experience in big games like Champions League but I’m not worried.

“I’m really happy with the work that Frank is doing right now. And the fans, and the people who know football, they understand.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo vows to marry girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he will marry his stunning girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez. 

According to the Juventus striker, he is very confident about marrying Georgina because she has helped him so much, and it would be his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro‘s dream.

Speaking to Piers Morgan, he said: ‘She helped me so much. Of course I’m in love with her. We’ll be (married) one day, for sure. It’s my mum’s dream as well.’

‘So, one day. Why not? It’s great. She’s my friend. We have conversations. I open the heart for her and she opens the heart for me.’ 

The Portuguese striker and the Spanish beauty who havebeen dating since 2016 welcomed a daughter Alana Martina, 12 months last year. Ronaldo also has son Cristiano Jr, eight, and twins Eva and Mateo, two, with surrogate mothers.

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‘He walked up to me naked’ – NFL star Antonio Brown accused of Sexual Harassment by another woman

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Newly signed New England Patriots player, Antonio Brown has been accused by another woman of sexual harassment. 

Last week, a former trainer, Britney Taylor accused the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and one of the NFL’s most prolific pass-catchers of the past decade of raping her in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, September 10. 

In a new report, a woman who claims Brown hired her to paint a mural on a wall of his Pittsburgh-area home has accused him of sexual harassment. While at Brown’s residence, the woman alleges the receiver sexually harassed her as she painted his mural in 2017. 

Speaking with Sports Illustrated, she said :

“He was flirty with me but I paid him no mind because I was there on business, plus, I had already seen him with multiple girls in the short time I was with him. I was about 40% done on the second day, and I’m on my knees painting the bottom, and he walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me.”

Brown’s new accuser says she never filed a police report or took action against Brown and doesn’t plan to pursue legal action in the future, according to the reports.

“The woman is not pursuing charges or remuneration, though she was bothered by his behavior.”

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