#NPFL18: Referee Beaten Up In Rivers Utd Win Over Plateau Utd

The MatchDay 22 of the Nigeria Professional Football League between Rivers United and Plateau United which ended with a 1-0 victory for the host was marred by violence from the home fans.

The game played at the Yakubu Gowon stadium on Sunday evening started peacefully with Emeka Ogbugh of Rivers pulling the strings with beautiful crosses from just outside the penalty area for his teammates to connect, but none did successfully. He was later substituted with Malachi Ohawume after sustaining injury later on in the game.

The home side in the early stages continued to hassle the defending champions and their efforts paid off in the 15th minute when Osita Chikere put the host in front following an exquisite assist from Bernard Ovoke.

The hosts continued to fashion out ways to extend the lead but could not breach the defensive line of Plateau United with ease.

However, towards the end of the first half, Gbadebo Samson of Rivers United was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Reuben Bala.

Shortly after, the referee for the game, Jonathan Zakaria issued straight red cards to both Ihunda Chigozie of Rivers United and Igho Kingsley of Plateau United after a prolonged melee among the players and this marked the beginning of the violence.

It was a show of shame as the home fans invaded the technical area and the pitch at halftime and physically assaulted the​​ match officials. The referee was slapped by the fans for issuing a red card to Chigozie.

At the restart of the second half, the away side were aggressive in their bid to avoid defeat and this resulted in another yellow card for Bala Yakubu for a foul on Bernard Ovoke at the edge of the box.

Few chances were created during the second half with the best chance falling to Osita Chikere who lost his feet and sent in a weak shot to the goalkeeper.

Following this result, Rivers United have climbed up the league table to take the sixth position with 32 points while Plateau dropped to 3rd position with 36 points.

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