NFF ENDS NIGERIAN LEAGUE ON POINTS PER GAME, RIVERS UTD IN TROUBLE

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At its virtual meeting, held at the instance of the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to deliberate on all the issues arising from the forced ending to the season by the COVID-19, the agreement reached by all stakeholders to use the Points-Per-Game (PPG) to determine the final table and the subsequent petition by Rivers United FC, the Committee unanimously recommended that the NFF Executive Committee endorse the league management committee decision and the Final Table for the 2019/2020 season in line with the NFF Statutes. It also charged the LMC to work out its calendar to ensure that very minimal number of matches are postponed for Clubs taking part in continental competitions.

As part of its consultations on the matter, the NFF reached out to both continental-governing body, CAF and world-governing body, FIFA, whose responses affirmed the position of the NFF Football Committee.

The said meeting of the NFF Football Committee reviewed the following:

* The process followed by the LMC from May 2020 when the NFF approved the decision to end the NPFL 2019/2020 season at Match day 25 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, to July 2020 when it approved the NPFL table based on the PPG system with the top three teams to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Clubs Competitions.

* The relevant provisions of the NPFL Rule Book that the LMC relied upon to end the season and adopt the PPG.

* The Petition from Rivers Utd proposing for the LMC to use the Goal difference to break the tie.

* The LMC’s response to Rivers Utd Petition seeking to clarify the issues and stating the basis of its decision.