146-goal farce in Nigeria sees life bans handed out

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has handed out life bans to players and officials of clubs that played in two notorious games that ended 79-0 and 67-0.

Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine went into a promotion playoff needing to outscore the other as they were level on points in the race for promotion from the Nigerian third tier.

Plateau United eventually defeated Akurba FC 79-0, scoring 72 of their goals in the second half, while Police Machine were 67-0 winner over Bubayaro FC, with 61 one of their goals after the break.

Now BBC Sport are reporting that all four teams have been suspended from football in Nigeria for ten years after what the NFF called a "mind-boggling show of shame”.

Players and officials from the clubs have been handed life bans, as well as the match officials at both matches.

An NFF committee recommended the sanctions this week and indicated all involved would be handed their sentences soon, as well as having the names and pictures of all those banned published too.

"It is unacceptable - a scandal of huge proportions," said Muke Umeh, NFF chairman, after the story broke earlier this month.

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