Victor Osimhen was sanctioned for the second time this season and this time, a sports court fined him for simulation and trying to trick the referee into giving Napoli a penalty. There is a lesson from this action by the sport court for administrators of the Nigerian league
Discipline and fair play is the hallmark of every good footballer and football at large. Hence, anyone who tries to go against these principles should normally face the consequences. Just like Osimhen was fined €2000, the league administrators should adopt this strategy in order to curtail descent from players and trying to get advantage by trickery
In the past season, some NPFL referees were invited to Abuja to explain the reasons for some of their decisions on the pitch. If the referees can be penalized for failing to interpret the laws of the game well, then some players who simulate in the 18-yard box should also be punished, as their actions could bring the league to disrepute
Another vital lesson from Osimhen's predicament is the need for the league body to be proactive in curbing disturbing tendencies in the league.
This is the second time Osimhen is getting sanctions this season, despite being a big player in the league. Those taking care of the league in Nigeria should always discipline erring players or officials without fear, no matter who they are. Being lenient on some individuals because of popularity or status would breed impunity in the football system
In the new season, the administrators of the league should adopt stringent measures in order to curb unruly behavior from players and this will also protect the match officials. When a player knows that he will pay for his unruly behavior or that his club may deduct the fine from his wages, he will do well to maintain decorum when representing the club
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