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18:21    13 Oct 2016

Heartland accept relegation verdict

Heartland will no longer appeal against decision to award a final day match to home team Plateau United, which subsequently relegated them from the Nigeria league for the first time.

Heartland communicated the League Management Company (LMC) their decision to withdraw an earlier rejection of the Summary Jurisdiction Notice issued the club for abandoning a Match Day 38 fixture in Jos against Plateau United.

Plateau United had earlier accepted a Summary Jurisdiction which fined the club One million Naira (N1m) for the unruly conduct of their supporters who three objects into the field of play in violation of Rules B13.18 of the Framework and Rules

The LMC had in the aftermath of the match charged Heartland with breach of Rule B13.26 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules which makes it an offence for a club to refuse continuation of play during a match.

Heartland were fined three million Naira (N3m) and forfeiture of the three points and three goals to their opponent, Plateau United. Heartland players had abandoned the match in protest to the match referee's decision with scores at 1-1.

In their letter dated October 11, Heartland general manager Oscar Keke said the club had reconsidered their position in an October 7, 2016 letter rejecting the charge and decision of the LMC.

"Our earlier letter on the above dated October 7 refers. We have reconsidered our position and hereby submit to the board's jurisdiction thereof", said the letter.

The club further apologised for inconveniences their earlier position might have caused the League.

Heartland thus ended the season in 18th position with 36 points and stand relegated to the Nigeria National League (NNL)

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