2nd Vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman of the League Management Committee (LMC), Mallam Shehu Dikko, has said that the league organisers have done their best in protecting the interest of Nigerian referees since the start of the season and at such, they must reciprocate by being unbiased in their officiating.
According to him, many clubs and individuals who had tried to infringe on the rights of referees in the past have been sanctioned, with some clubs currently serving suspensions.
Dikko, in an interview, stressed that referees have to be protected so the NPFL can get to greater heights, whilst reiterating the LMC’s stand on maintaining the integrity of the game in the country.
“We have done our best in protecting the interest of referees as we have dealt with everybody that has tampered with or has tried to interfere with the job of the referees this season. There are so many clubs that are currently serving sanctions as a result of infringing with the rights of referees.
“The referees have to reciprocate what we have done by officiating fairly in all matches, so that our league can reach enviable heights.
“Henceforth, we don’t want any issue with any referee in the league, but if that happens, we will take the right action against the offenders.”