OT: Nigerian Soccer: Plateau United wins promotion over Police Machine FC

Submitted by Creedence Tapes on July 24th, 2013 at 3:31 PM

With promotion to the lowest tier of the Nigerian Nationwide League Division on the line, two soccer clubs — Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine FC  — needed to win their respective games by the largest possible goal difference. By halftime, each game was close: Plateau United led its game 7-0 against Akurba FC, while Police Machine led 6-0 over Bubayaro FC, according to the BBC. With officials keeping an eye on the scores around the league, the second half devolved into a farce. Police Machine scored 61 times in the second half to win 67-0, but Plateau United scored 72 goals in the 45-minute second half to earn promotion.

 

The astronomic scorelines prompted an immediate investigation by the Nigerian Football Federation, and a severe punishment was levied Monday. All players and coaches from each of the four clubs have been banned from the game for life, and each club faces a 10-year ban from playing in a domestic league. The NFF also recommended banning each of the match referees involved.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/07/four-nigerian-soccer-teams-banned-for-life-after-games-end-79-0-67-0/

 

This is really too bad, because Police Machine FC is the best soccer team name ever.

Comments

brose

July 24th, 2013 at 3:50 PM ^

I laid the $1,000,000 I am getting from the Nigerian Prince who was emailing me on Police Machine FC at minus 65 and they covered.

 

What a day!  Whatta country

Creedence Tapes

July 24th, 2013 at 5:02 PM ^

Well, according to article 6 section 15C of the FIFA rules book, "The team scoring the greater number of goals during a match is the winner. If both teams score an equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn. If any team scores more than 2 goals in a half, both teams will be disqualified and suspended for scoring too many goals"

RioThaN

July 24th, 2013 at 5:45 PM ^

I think is obvious that the winning teams paid perhaps both referees and rival tams, one thing is to score say 20 goals on a game, but 70 in half a game? that's one every 40 seconds, some celebrations take more time than that.... 

BlueDragon

July 24th, 2013 at 9:34 PM ^

Clearly the weaker teams knew what they were getting into in the second half. Unless there is proof of bribery or some other disincentive to competition I cannot support a lifetime ban for all four teams and coaches.

ianscott1982

July 25th, 2013 at 12:05 AM ^

I hope my Nigerian prince friend isn't involved in this fraud. He emailed me the other day about helping him get some money out of a Swiss bank account. I hope this business transaction goes swimmingly.