The management of Crown Football Club, Ogbomoso has petitioned the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Senate House Committee on Sport over the poor handling of its federation cup semi final match against Fc IfeanyiUbah Wednesday at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna by centre referee AA Ibraheem from Kaduna State.
Also petitioned was the House of Representative Committee on Sport.
Ibraheem had disallowed an 88th minutes goal by Crown ‘s Yakubu Ahmed which led to the encroachment on the field by aggrieved fans who believed the referee’s action was a deliberate one to deny the Ogbomoso team a place in the final.
In the petition, a copy of which was made available to Tribunesport and signed by Kaseem Olayiwola the club’s Secretary on behalf of the club’s management faulted the referee’s decision to disallow the goal after he had accepted and pointed at the centre circle for Ifeanyi Ubah to pass.
It also stated in the petition that the AR 1 immediately after the ball was headed into the net ran to the centre and refused to raise his flag but was surprised when the CR signaled for goal kick which eventually led to the match been abandoned.
“We are contesting the decision of the centre referee to disallow a good goal by our player; Yakubu Ahmed which led the match to abandoned in the 88th minutes when some aggrieved fans from Kaduna disrupted the flow of the game by encroaching on the field of play, and pray the federation to order the replay of the match in the spirit of fair play.
The petition which was submitted Thursday through the Kaduna state football association to the office of Secretary General of the NFF was accompanied with the tape recording of the match as evidence.
A source in the office of the secretary general who did not want his name in print confirmed the receipt of the petition but that he can’t say much on it since the Secretary General is in Cairo for CAF congress.