The National Association of Nigerian Footballers, NANF, is demanding the sum of $10b from the English Football Association as royalty for the broadcast of the Premier League matches in Nigeria.
NANF’s President, Harrison Jalla, made this known on Tuesday in Lagos while speaking to newsmen.
Jalla noted with worry, the effect of the broadcast of EPL matches on the growth of football in Nigeria saying it was killing the game and denying stakeholders of money.
He disclosed efforts being made by the association to get royalty from the English FA and others contributing to the alleged backslide of the game including the Cable channels, Nigeria Lottery Regulatory Commission and the Nigeria Lottery Trust Fund.
His word, “We wrote and informed them that their product(the EPL) was affecting the growth of our own game. They acknowledged receipt of our correspondence and promised to look into the case, but we don’t have the luxury of waiting for when they will come back to us.
“We have got in touch with our external solicitors Johnson & Steler Solicitors of Hanover Square, Mayfair London to initiate a process to recover $10billion as outstanding royalties from 2008 to 2018 for the adverse effect of the invasion of the EPL and football betting using the Premier League games.
“So also, we have consulted relevant authorities such as the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, the Nigeria Lottery Regulatory Commission and the Nigeria Lottery Trust Fund over the killing of domestic football as a product, service and industry by cable satellite television and football betting companies using foreign leagues, particularly the English Premier League games.”