-As FIFA Bar Falcons Star From 3 Matches
A member of Rivers State Football Association has backed the decision by FIFA Disciplinary Committee to Suspend Super Eagles defender, Ugo Njoku for three matches, following her elbow against an Australian opponent at the Women’s World Cup last Friday.
Njoku was also fined CHF 3,000 and issued with a warning after being found to have breached art. 48 par. 1 d) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC).
The verdict is also in accordance with art. 77 a) of the FDC which states that the Disciplinary Committee is responsible for sanctioning serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention.
The first of the three-match suspension is to be served in the next FIFA Women’s World Cup fixture, with the remaining two to be served at any subsequent matches within the competition or at the next official matches of the Nigerian national team.
The development means Njoku will be absent when the Falcons take on USA in their last group game on Tuesday (1am Wednesday, Nigeria time), which the Nigerian team need to win in order to move into the next level of the tournament.
However, while reacting to this, a member of Rivers State FA, who leaded anonymity, told SportsDay that Njoku’s suspension was well deserved, saying that she was so rude to the centre referee during the match against Australia.
“Nigeria players should learn to respect everyone both in the field and outside the field. FIFA has the last decision and I think she got what deserve at least other players should learn from that.
“I believe Okon will have another replacement, if they make it to the next level of the tournament, though it is not going to be easy on her other mates but I think they should move on.
“This should be a distraction on them. They should focus and also understand that their game against USA is very important and this is time to forge ahead and make us proud,” the Rivers FA buff stated.