Frank Ilaboya, Chairman of Edo FA, has condemned the officiating in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match that took place between Rivers United FC and Bendel Insurance in Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Insurance lost 1-0 courtesy of a late penalty, which saw them relegated to the second-tier league after just one season in the top flight.
“It’s one of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen. It was brazen officiating from the onset and it was evident that the referee and his assistant had a mission. Insurance played against Rivers and the match officials,” Ilaboya said.
The seasoned sports journalist also urged the League Management Company (LMC) to investigate the final day fixture between Sunshine Stars and MFM in Akure.
MFM saw their Super Six dream go up in smoke after losing 4-2 to Sunshine, which helped the Akure side ensure their place in the NPFL.
“This is a Sunshine side that could hardly score two goals in a game now scoring four against a team like MFM FC.
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“After they played us in Benin, they boasted that they would survive relegation, so LMC should take another look at their final match,” pleaded the Edo FA boss.
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