The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has responded decisively to the assault on a match official by Rivers Angels FC during Match No. 5 of the 2023 NWFL Super Six Competition.
This incident, which took place on June 9, 2023, in Asaba, Delta State, has sparked widespread criticism and demands for disciplinary action.
In an official statement, the NWFL expressed its unwavering stance against any form of assault on match officials, highlighting the core values of fair play and respect.
After conducting a thorough investigation that confirmed the misconduct of two Rivers Angels players, the league has taken disciplinary measures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
Rivers Angels FC has been fined One Million Naira for violating Article 26.1, which explicitly prohibits any assault on match officials.
This penalty serves as a stern reminder that such behavior will not be tolerated, and the NWFL reserves the right to ban a venue for up to one year if match officials are assaulted.
As a consequence of their actions, players Adjei Charlotte (Jersey No. 12) and Hassan Suliat (Jersey No. 22) have been suspended from participating in the 3rd Place match between Confluence Queens FC and Rivers Angels FC.
This suspension serves as a disciplinary measure to address the damage their actions caused to the game’s reputation.
The NWFL strongly urges Rivers Angels FC to educate their players and officials about the importance of fair play and respect for match officials.
The league emphasizes that such conduct tarnishes the sport’s reputation and undermines the spirit of healthy competition.
The NWFL remains steadfast in its commitment to upholding fair play and respect for match officials.
It is crucial for all teams and individuals involved in the Nigeria Women Football League to recognize the significance of maintaining a positive and sportsmanlike environment both on and off the field.