Nigerian Clubs Banned On Match-fixing Investigation After Goal Glut In Two play-off Matches

Four clubs involved in two play-off matches
that ended 79-0 and 67-0 respectively – a total
of 146 goals – have been suspended in
Nigeria.

Plateau United Feeders were 79-0 victors over
Akurba FC while Police Machine FC
demolished Bubayaro FC 67-0.
“It is unacceptable – a scandal of huge
proportions,” said Muke Umeh, chairman of
the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF)
Organising Committee.
“The teams are suspended indefinitely, pending
further sanctions.”
Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine
went into the matches level on points, with
promotion to the lowest tier of the Nationwide
League Division at stake.
Feeders scored 72 of their goals in the second
half, while Police Machine reportedly scored 61
times after the break in their game.
The results meant that Plateau edged above
Police Machine on goal difference.
Umeh added: “We will investigate this matter
thoroughly and get to the bottom of it.”
The NFF’s director of competitions, Dr
Mohammed Sanusi, gave assurances that the
Organising Committee would hand out severe
sanctions on all persons and institutions
indicted by the investigation.
“The teams involved, their players and
officials, match officials, coordinator and
anyone found to have played some role in this
despicable matter would be severely dealt
with,” Sanusi said.

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