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NPFL bans administrators from technical benches during matches

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By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde

NPFL Issues Directives to

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has issued two practice directives aimed at maintaining orderly conduct during matches.

In memos addressed to clubs and signed by Davidson Owumi, the NPFL Chief Operating Officer, attention was drawn to protocols concerning the use of the technical bench and the conduct of ball boys.

Regarding the use of the technical bench, clubs were reminded of the established protocol that defines who is permitted to sit on it during matches. The memo emphasized that the technical bench is reserved exclusively for substitute players, coaches, and designated backroom staff.

Club chairmen and General Managers were specifically warned against sitting on the technical bench during matches, as it goes against the established protocol.

In addition, the league issued a warning to ball boys who disrupt the flow of the game. Instances have been observed where ball boys, particularly at home venues, hide or delay returning the ball to the field, especially when the home team holds a slim lead in a tight contest.

Such actions were deemed unacceptable, as they contravene the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship, and also violate Rule 1.1 of the Frameworks and Rules governing the league.

As a consequence of these issues, and in accordance with the rules, clubs found guilty of these offenses will face a fine of one million Naira.

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