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FRESH CRISIS BREWS IN NFF! FG sacks Pinnick tells Giwa to take charge

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The Federal Government through the Sports Ministry has told the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick to step down from his position.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development directed the Nigeria Football Federation, a parastatal under it to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung said in a statement that the directive followed a written notification signed for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice requesting the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure compliance.

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The notification states thus;

“I have been directed to notify you of the Orders dated June 5th 2018 made by Honorable Justice M. H. Kurya sitting at the Federal High Court Jos in respect of the above mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama Vs Alhaji Aminu Maigari which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014 under the leadership of Amb Chris Giwa be given recognition pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee elected on August 26, 2014 from football activities of the NFF is unconstitutional, null and void.

“It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment to the contrary’.
Consequently, Barrister Dalung has however directed the parties involved to comply with the court order.

“This is a court order and not from Dalung. I will not want to go to Kuje prison because of disobedience of court orders. Therefore, I hereby comply with the court orders of June 5th 2018, while Mr Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply with same.

“The order compels the defendants, including the Minister of Youth and Sports, their servants, agents and privies howsoever, the Inspector General of Police and all law enforcement agencies to forthwith enforce the orders made by the court on 19th September 2014 and 23rd October 2014 and give recognition to the General Assembly Meeting and election of the NFF held on 26th August 2014 under the leadership of Amb Chris Giwa pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed in this case.

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EPL: Crystal Palace distance self from Black Lives Matter movement

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London club, Crystal Palace, have become the first Premier League club to distance themselves from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) UK movement amid controversy being generated by the UK arm of the movement.

Recently, there has been a growing backlash against the aims of the movement ever since the movement gained more popularity following the death of George Floyd.

This week BLM was accused of “spreading hate” after pledging support for Palestine amid Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank.

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The BLM banner has been on display at Selhurst Park during Premier League games and while Crystal Palace insisted they back the “ethos” of the cause, they have issued a statement urging people to adopt the anti-discrimination message and not the wider demands of the movement.

Even the BBC has reportedly told presenters not to wear the badge after the campaign was accused of “hijacking” George Floyd’s death for its own selfish political reasons.

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In a statement today, Palace said:

“As people will have seen from our first home game, we have placed banners over our seated areas at Selhurst Park that read: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

“We stand proudly alongside members of the BAME community, our players and employees, and behind the ideals and ethos of ‘black lives matter.’

“However, we would like to make clear that we do not endorse any pressure group or body that carries the same term in its name, and we strongly believe that organisations should not use this important force for change and positivity to push their own political agendas.

“We want to be part of a world that is fair, inclusive and open to all.

As an organisation, we recognise that we need to do more, and we will do more to contribute towards this goal.”

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Ighalo nominated for Man Utd award

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Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has been nominated for the club’s goal of the month award for June.

Ighalo’s second-half strike in Man United’s FA Cup 2-1 victory against Norwich City last Saturday is nominated along with six other impressive goals.

Anthony Martial (all three goals) against Sheffield United, Harry Maguire’s winning strike against Norwich City, Mason Greenwood’s opener against Brighton and Bruno Fernandes’ second goal against Brighton are also in the running for the award.

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Ighalo won the award for the goal of the month for March.

The Nigerian striker’s stunning goal in the UEFA Europa League clash against LASK was adjudged the best for the month.

The 31-year-old has scored five goals in four starts for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this season.

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Ighalo is on loan at Man United for the remainder of the 2019/20 season from the Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua.

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Inter to sign Hakimi from Real Madrid

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Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Moroccan fullback Achraf Hakimi, the La Liga club announced on Thursday.

Hakimi, 21, rose through the ranks at Real Madrid after joining their academy in 2006. He spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed but Italian media reported Inter would pay 40 million euros ($44.93 million) for the right back.

“The club wishes to thank Achraf for his many years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct since he joined our academy in 2006 and wishes him all the very best in this new chapter,” Real said in a statement.

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