By Albert Akota
Rangers International Football Club of Enugu yesterday said they have launched an appeal to the League Management Company (LMC) over referee Jacob Gwatsa.
The 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions said the appeal was over Gwatsa’s handling of their 2019/2020 NPFL Match Day 20 fixture in Enugu.
“Rangers International FC have made an official appeal to the LMC against referee Jacob Gwatsa of the FCT over his controversial handling of Sunday’s fixture against Akwa United in Enugu,” Norbert Okolie, the club’s spokesman said in a statement.
The club alleged that the referee twice ignored calls for clear penalty kicks against the visiting side which ran away with a 2-1 win.
Okolie said Rangers were also surprised at the choice of Gwatsa for their match.
“It is this same referee who had his red card decision barely a year ago against our Pascal Seka rescinded.
“This was in a rescheduled Match Day 8 fixture against Bendel Insurance FC.’’
The club spokesman said the letter was signed by their Team Manager, Amobi Ezeaku, on behalf of the club’s General Manager.
“Let it be stated that Gwatsa issued a red card in the Match Day 8 match number 045A rescheduled between Bendel Insurance FC and Rangers International FC, and the LMC had to reverse the red card decision.