Their players and officials stormed the pitch to protest a decision made by match officials during their match against Rivers United on November 1, 2023, Footballrover reports
The match between these two teams ended in a 1-1 draw in Owerri, with Rivers United managing to recover from a deficit and secure a valuable point.
However, the consequences for Heartland are far from pleasant. They have been slapped with a hefty fine of N1 million due to their unwelcome incursion onto the field.
What makes matters worse is that this fine comes on the heels of a prior warning issued to the club.
As a result, Heartland FC’s upcoming home game at Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri will be played behind closed doors, away from the prying eyes of their fans.
This is a stern reminder that the league authorities take such infractions seriously.
Heartland has also been given a clear directive to enhance their matchday security arrangements.
This is a preventive measure aimed at avoiding any future incidents that could result in even more severe sanctions.
The clock is ticking for Heartland as they are required to settle the imposed fine within 14 days.
Failure to meet this deadline will not only leave a dent in their finances but may also lead to additional penalties as per the NPFL Framework & Rules.
This is a stark warning to all clubs that adherence to the league’s regulations is non-negotiable.