Out-going President of the Nigeria Soccer Federation and FIFA Council Member, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick on the weekend warned that incorrigible violators of the FIFA –accredited NFF Statutes danger a number of sanctions, which may embody and will not be restricted to outright ban from participation within the stunning sport.
Pinnick, who can be a Member of the CAF Govt Committee, made this assertion within the mild of additional threats by sure forces throughout the soccer ecosystem to pull Nigeria Soccer to court docket for nothing greater than peaceable conduct of the 77th Annual Basic Meeting that befell in Lagos on Thursday.
“I wish to say that sufficient is sufficient. We have now tolerated these people for for much longer than mandatory. I’m leaving the place of NFF Presidency in just a few weeks however I’m nonetheless a Member of the FIFA Council and I can discuss Nigeria Soccer wherever. It’s time to name the bluff of those individuals. Their actions not solely malign and defame the NFF; these additionally de-market the NFF to a sure diploma.
“If the NFF holds a Basic Meeting, they go to court docket. If the NFF doesn’t maintain, they go to court docket. Each single day, they wish to go to court docket. It’s their proper, however it’s also the precise of the NFF to curtail such excesses. FIFA clearly stipulates that soccer issues usually are not meant for civil courts, and additional infractions by anybody could be met with the stiffest of sanctions, together with however not restricted to outright ban from the sport,” he stated.
Article 69 (1) of the NFF Statutes 2010 stipulates: “NFF, its members, gamers, officers and match and participant’s brokers is not going to take any dispute to unusual courts except particularly offered for in these Statutes and FIFA laws. Any disagreement shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of FIFA, CAF, WAFU or NFF.
(2) NFF shall have jurisdiction on inner nationwide disputes i.e, disputes between events belonging to NFF. FIFA shall have jurisdiction on worldwide disputes, i.e, disputes between events belonging to completely different Associations and/or Confederations.”
It could be recalled that the 77th Annual Basic Meeting of the NFF was delayed for eight months as a result of some individuals went to court docket to safe an ex parte injunction, stopping the occasion from holding as scheduled on December 17, 2021.