The billionaire owner of Nigeria league club FC IfeanyiUbah has tendered a letter of apology and said he will not appeal the decisions...
The billionaire owner of Nigeria league club FC IfeanyiUbah has tendered a letter of apology and said he will not appeal the decisions of the league against him after he punched Heartland goalkeeper Ebele Obi after a league clash.
Ifeanyi Ubah in a letter accepting to submit to the summary jurisdiction of the LMC pledged not to appeal the decision and offering 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,” Ubah wrote in a letter dated April 2 and addressed to the LMC chief operating officer.
“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.”
The club, FC IfeanyiUbah also wrote separately to accept the N500, 000 fine imposed on them for failure to ensure adequate security immediately after the Match Day 8 fixture in Nnewi against Heartland.
Heartland had earlier in accepting the decision of the LMC pleaded for a reduction of their N750, 000 and leniency for goalkeeper Ebele Obi who was banned for six matches.
The club through the general manager, Oscar Keke, had also pleaded on grounds that Heartland were first offenders who have never been previously known or charged with unruly behaviour of their players.