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      Giwa FC have been expelled from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) after they failed to turn up for a total of three matches.

      The League Management Company (LMC) announced Giwa’s expulsion on Friday, citing a breach of the rules governing the competition.

      “Giwa FC has been expelled from the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional League Season,” announced the LMC on Twitter.

      “Giwa FC is in breach of the #NPFL Framework and Rules for failing to honour three cumulative fixtures without acceptable reason.”

      Giwa failed to honour games against Wikki, Akwa United and Enyimba after they were banished to Ilorin following crowd trouble in their home game against Enugu Rangers in Jos, which was abandoned.

      Provisions of Rule 13.28 which state as follows:” If a club fails to honour three matches cumulatively within the league season without acceptable reason to the LMC such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches played and unplayed shall be cancelled”.

      Giwa are from the northcentral town of Jos and are owned by businessman Chris Giwa, who is locked in a power tussle with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

      He has argued he does not recognize the NFF after he dragged it to a civil court challenging their legitimacy, insisting he was duly elected NFF president in August 2014.

      Last week, the NFF banned Giwa and several of his top supporters for five years each for impersonation and taking football matters to an ordinary court.

      The power tussle has severally got world football governing body FIFA to threaten banning Nigeria.

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