NPL reiterates commitment to violence free season


The Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, Victor Rumson Baribote says the NPL will stay committed to ensuring a violence free football season this year.

Baribote made this declaration while receiving a plaque from 1 GAME, the organization that preaches football without violence over the weekend.

Baribote told newsmen after the event that they have carefully worked out modalities to ensure the league will not be marred by violence and other untoward conduct this season.

“I have seen what 1 GAME is doing. They have signed up one hundred and fifty thousand Nigerians who say they want to watch the league but are afraid and that is why we are saying they should come to our stadia because they are safe.

“We completely frown at violence and we will not condone it. We are just asking all stakeholders to work with us to fish out these miscreants that cause trouble in our stadia,” Baribote said.

The plaque was presented to the Chairman by the Project Coordinator of 1 GAME, China Acheru.

Baribote Rumson was supported by NFF Chairman of Technical committee, Christopher Green, Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Fred Igwe as well as other NPL board members and staff present.

China Acheru told the NPL and NFF members present that they have received one hundred and fifty thousand petitions from Nigerians who want to watch the League but are scared of the violence that usually rears its head, especially when the home side fails to win.

“We are committed to bringing people back to the stadia but we need the NPL, NFF and clubs to show their own commitment,” Acheru said.

Just before the League season kicked off, Nigeria Premier League club Chairmen and Managers signed documents pledging to maintain peace at their home stadia.

Pic: L-R (front row); 1 GAME Project Coordinator China Acheru, NFF Technical Committee Chairman Christopher Green, NPL Chairman Victor Rumson Baribote and Rivers State Commissioner for Sports Fred Igwe.
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