One Yakubu Hassan, has been suspended indefinitely by the Nasarawa State Football Association, for slapping a centre referee during a football match.

Hassan is a footballer who plays for ”Dubagari Football Club”, Lafia, a local team in Nasarawa state. 

Halidu Akwashiki, Vice Chairman of the association, confirmed the disciplinary action in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Wednesday.

Akwashiki said that Hassan slapped the centre referee, Kasimu Ahmadu on Oct. 29 during his team’s encounter with another local team, Winda Force Football Club in Nasarawa-Eggon local government area of the state after he was cautioned for an infringement.

The fixture is part of the state’s FA 2019/2020 ‘Premier League Competition’ initiative organised in partnership with Bet9ja, a betting company in Nigeria.

NAN reports that the initiative is for local teams across the state and kicked off in September 26 with 30 teams participating and divided into four groups.

Akwashiki described the incident as bizarre. He said the FA via the disciplinary committee set up for the competition sat and decided to suspend the player from further participation in the competition.

Akwashiki who is also chairman of the competition’s disciplinary committee added that aside the suspension, the player was directed to write an apology letter to the match officials and his club to pay a fine to the FA.

“The actions we took will serve as lessons to other players and clubs never to intimidate or instigate violence on match officials and to adhere strictly to the rules of the game,” he said.