Ifeanyi Ubah apologizes to LMC, football fans

4 Apr 2016

Ifeanyi Ubah apologizes to LMC, football fans



Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the owner of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) team, FC IfeanyiUbah, has apologized to the League Management Company (LMC) and football fans, over his behaviour in a Week 9 fixture between his club and Heartland FC in Nnewi.

The billionaire business man punched Heartland goalkeeper, Ebele Obi, at the end of the match, while his security aides also beat up the player.

He has already been banned from match venues for 10 games, after LMC analyzed video evidence.

Dr. Ubah in a letter accepting to submit to the summary jurisdiction of the LMC, pledged not to appeal the decision.

He offered an unconditional apology to the LMC, FC IfeanyiUbah fans and the football community while explaining that his actions were due to his overriding passion for the NPFL and its development.

He explained in the letter that he was moved to intervene by the actions of Heartland players towards the referee after the match with FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi, an action which led to some over reaction that he regrets.

“May I conclude by rendering my unconditional apology to my numerous fans nationwide and in Diaspora for the incident and outcome.

“To the football family and the LMC, I promise to uphold the tenets of the game while promising to remain a good ambassador of the sport. To those who feel disappointed by the outcome, I plead that you find a place in your hearts to forgive me. With a deep sense of humility, I ask Nigerians for their support and encouragement as I wish to state categorically that this will never repeat itself again as dire lessons have been learnt,” Chief Ubah wrote in the letter dated April 2 and addressed the LMC Chief Operating Officer.

The club, FC Ifeanyiubah also wrote separately to accept the N500, 000 fine imposed on it for failure to ensure adequate security immediately after the Match Day 8 fixture in Nnewi against Heartland.

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