Kano Pillars captain Rabiu Ali has been banned for 12 matches after he attacked the referee following his team’s 1-1 draw with Enugu Rangers in the NPFL championship playoffs.
Ali’s free kick goal was cancelled late on by a penalty goal by Godwin Aguda.
The Pillars skipper would then confront the referee on his game-defining decisions before irate fans invaded the Agege Stadium pitch.
His club defended his action, arguing that he has been a disciplined player in his long and illustrious career.
Pillars have also been fined eight million Naira and will play three home games in the new season behind closed doors.
They have also been sanctioned with suspended three points deduction.