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The Board of the League Management Company Limited (LMC) has refuted the directive of the Federal Government via Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) to declare the LMC “illegal” urging stakeholders to remain calm while it engages the Ministry of Sports in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Federation.

In a statement released on Friday, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismalia Abubakar, made the pronouncement in Abuja, that the Federal Government has declared the League Management Company (LMC), operators of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) illegal and directed the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to withdraw operational licence given to the company immediately and set up an interim Management Committee (IMC) to run the league.

“In view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the Football League, specifically, the declaration of the National Football League (NFL) as an illegal body by the court, the status, the status of the League Management Company (LMC), the NFL’s successor-in-title being outside the purview of the Statutes of the NFF; the Federal Government is constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League, with immediate effect.

“This decision has become necessary because of the obvious aberration (which is at variance with our football statutes or the laws of the land) whereby a private company is GIFTED the mandate to manage or run the league indefinitely, without the full involvement of and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.

But in a statement by the League Management Company it has called for calm as the issues interpretatively are for the sake of good order, stability of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the participating clubs, the LMC current and potential sponsors, and indeed the entire Nigerian Football stakeholders to clarify and set matters straight for the records.

The statement reads “the LMC ltd wishes to call for calm from all its participating clubs, sponsors and partners and stakeholders as it will in conjunction with NFF be engaging the FMYSD to provide clarifications to ensure all parties are on the same page and keep acting within the realm of its authority.

Meanwhile, the LMC board expressed displeasure at seeing the FYMSD coming up with the public statement-position without first engaging the LMC/NFF to ascertain any concern or information regarding the LMC Ltd before taking a position which it wishes for a balanced position on facts and law.

“It is LMC’s belief that had this simple fundamental procedure and legal step of fair hearing been done, there would have absolutely been no need or basis for the FMYSD position or statement” LMC statement said.

The LMC statement further clarified that there is no court order or proceedings declaring the LMC illegal.

“There is absolutely no court order or proceedings declaring the LMC as illegal. Likewise, there is no challenge in any court to the legal status of LMC.”

In clarity, the Nigeria Football Federation, the owner of Nigeria Professional League issued the licence to organize and regulate top tier league to the League Management Company (LMC) for the purpose of organizing and promoting the league to meet global technical and commercial standards. 

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