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Posted: 11 March 2009 Time: 18:16

Protesting Nasarawa United players were on Wednesday tear gassed by police in Lafia as they took to the streets to protest a back log of unpaid sign-on fees and bonuses.

The players blocked the main road leading to the Government House in Lafia ahead of a state Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday to press their claims.   Unfortunately, the governor is said to have travelled to Abuja and the Exco meeting did not hold.   Anti-riot policemen were called in and used tear gas to disperse the players, who have now resolved to take further drastic steps to get their monies paid.   "Our next plan of action may be to boycott matches, starting with our next game against Gombe United," one player told after the incident.   "But the players will have to meet again to decide on that and other actions to be taken.   "We have not been paid a single kobo of our sign-on fees, and about 7 match bonuses are outstanding.   "Even sometimes, when we travel for away games, they owe us our feeding allowance, or even cut it.   "We have been held hostage by the hotel in Nasarawa on the day of a game because they owed hotel bills."

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:44 pm
this country is full of probs. Nassarawa utd is owned by a state gov and not individual yet they owe players. The gov smuggle billions and fail to pay players match bonus or winning bonus not more than 20k per player even some of then collect as long as 20k or less as monthly salary. Too bad
posted: 07:45 pm
Nassarawa state govt should remember that this players hv their own families to care for at their various homes. na wa o 9ja football administrators.
posted: 08:53 pm
Why maintain a football club if they do not have money to pay the players? NFF should do something about these defenceless players. The players are left to the mercy of the clubs. What role is the Nigerian football federation playing in that country?
posted: 11:50 pm
na wa oh!!! this is a big shame....NIGERIA in action.the next thin we will hear is players going on hunger strike! what nonsense!
Billion Original
posted: 11:32 am
The tear gased players should play a kind of 'tear gased' football to win their claims against their employers!
posted: 11:48 am
@ Oscar, the NFF's role is to appoint match officials for league games and share sponsorship monies! Nigeria, in almost every ramification, is a huge joke.
posted: 01:30 pm
EnyiAwka 1
posted: 01:55 pm
The team should simply be disbanded. the state govement is not ready to run that team. the team has been banished to Ibadan for the unrully behaviour of thier fans to a visiting team, now we hear the players are being owned salary and sign on fee. NFF should prevail on the goverment of Nasarawa to pay up. After that they should disband the team
posted: 01:27 am
Expensive beasts!
Nasarawa budgets N18m for Gov’s lions
Daily Sun
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