League Of Rascality: NPFL Match Official Beaten In Lagos, Rivers United Held Hostage In Ilorin
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By Our Correspondent
There are every indication that the League Management Company’s punitive measures meted out on clubs with restive fans aimed at combing hooliganism in Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL league venues are not yielding the desired results as such unprofessional acts reared their ugly heads again in the matchday 26 fixtures.
In Lagos, a match official was attacked after MFM drew goalless with visiting Enugu Rangers. The yet to be identified individual was seeing in a video trending on social media as he walked up to the official after the final whistle and landed a heavy blow on his face.
Details of the situation are not yet clear at the time of this report.
Meanwhile, report coming in from Ilorin, the. Capital of Kwara state indicates that visiting Rivers United were held hostage after their encounter with Kwara United.
It was gathered that the League leaders, Rivers United who lost the match by 2-1 were prevented from leaving the satdium after the match.
Earlier before kickoff, Kwara United management had refused Rivers United access to the stadium to train.
According to a source “@RiversUnitedFC are currently being held hostage after their 2-1 loss to Kwara United in an NPFL match. The team was prevented access into the stadium before the match, forced to have warm up at car park, are being attacked after the match.”
When contacted, the GM of Kwara United Socrates Titiloye alleged that Rivers United accused Kwara United of lacing some parts of the stadium with Voodoo aka Black Magic.
This made them to train at the Car Park. He also claimed Rivers United crew beat up one of the supporters of the Afonja Warriors adding that he personally made sure the team was escorted out of the stadium after the match
Recall that Kano Pillars were recently fined 9 millon naira, deducted 3 points and banished indefinitely to play their home matches at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja after series of crowd troubles at the home ground in Kano.