Breaking News: Nigerian players and football club officials receive life ban for match-fixing scandal
Nigerian Football Players, Clubs and Officials of clubs involved in two Nigerian promotion play-off games that ended 79-0 and 67-0 have been banned for life.
Plateau United Feeders were 79-0 victors over Akurba FC while Police Machine FC demolished Bubayaro FC 67-0.
The fours clubs have been banned from the game for 10 years.
A Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) committe recommended that match officials involved in the two matches should be given life bans.
Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine went into the matches level on points, with promotion to the lowest tier of the Nationwide League Division at stake.
Feeders scored 72 of their goals in the second half, while Police Machine reportedly scored 61 times after the break in their game.
The results meant that Plateau edged above Police Machine on goal difference.
The NFF said in a statement: “The NFF have accepted the recommendations and they would be communicated to the clubs, the state FA’s, CAF and FIFA.
“We will publish all the names of players and officials with their photographs and details.”
Some who attended the two matches reported incidents including questionable refereeing decisions, inexplicable added time and club officials rather than ball boys returning balls into play immediately after goals had been scored.
The two football matches had a total of 146 goals.
The owner of a Nigerian side beaten 67-0 in a vital match has disowned and disbanded the club.
Shuaibu-Gara Ahmed Gombe owner of Bubayaro. The club lost heavily to Police Machine, who were looking to secure promotion to the lowest tier of the Nationwide League Division.
Machine’s promotion rivals Plateau United Feeder won their match against Akruba, played simultaneously, 79-0.
Nigeria’s football authorities have suspended all four clubs involved,calling the results “mind-boggling”.
Bubayaro owner Shuaibu-Gara Ahmed Gombe, who was in Lagos and not at his club’s game, said he had ordered the team not to play the match but he was ignored by team officials.
“As soon as I heard the result, I disbanded the team,” he told BBC Sport.
“It’s disappointing that some people would bring the game to disrepute out of desperation.”
He added: “I have written a petition to the (state) police in Bauchi to investigate this shame and arrest anyone found to be involved.”
The Nigeria Football Federation has statement on the two scorelines, saying:
“A mind-boggling show of shame. It is unacceptable – a scandal of huge proportions”
Some other notable footballing thrashings
1885: Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord (Scotland)
1995: Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich Town (Premier League record)
2001: Australia 31-0 American Samoa (World Cup qualifier)
2002: AS Adema 149-0 Stade Olympique L’Emyrne (Madagascar)
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