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Nigeria team Remo Stars have denied accusations of match-fixing following their bizarre penalty shootout defeat in the Ogun State FA Cup final against Ijebu United on Thursday.

The penalty shootout between the two teams went viral as the penalty shootout was decided in controversial circumstances.

Remo players seemed to purposely miss the target with their spot kicks while their goalkeeper stood perfectly still to allow on effort past him as as Ijebu triumphed 3-0 to win the competition.

Despite the claims that Remo threw the game because it had been fixed the club’s
secretary, Michael Onikute, told Goal:

Well, first on the allegations of match-fixing, this is totally false.

What I can deduce from the social media posts is that some individuals are trying to get much attraction by posting the [penalties] video with the word match-fixing – because they know it would alert the football world.

You will also see that they never presented a concrete explanation about the game rather than match-fixing.

That shows the level of unprofessionalism of such journalists involved in the propaganda.

If indeed the match was fixed, we would not have streamed the game live on our social media channels.

That being said, the game in question was not even credible enough to be on any sports betting platform and all team members are banned from taking part in any form of betting activities.

We as a team were utmost disappointed with the level of organization, coordination and officiating of the games in the state cup.

Just before the end of the normal time, the match officials ended the match without the additional time and before the end of the 90th minute so the game could end in penalties.

We opted not to play the penalties, but the Ogun State FA insisted we played, or risk being banned.

We have been facing this challenge every year we play in the State FA Cup, and we felt we should make a statement against this.

In fact, we have not reached the final in the last five years because of this same reason. Our decision may be weird, but I am sure the organizers now know our stand and they will do better next time.

By Amara

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