Nigeria Football League

Violence erupts in Damaturu over Yobe Stars loss to Awka United

Violence erupts in Damaturu over Yobe Stars loss to Awka United

Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola

Fans of Yobe Desert Stars have displayed an ugly side of football as they destroyed Akwa United team bus after losing 1-0 to the visitors on Thursday.

According to the official twitter handles of both teams, @desert_fc and @AkwaUnited_fc, the fans threw stones onto the pitch with the police shielding the players and match officials by using tear gas to push them back.

The fans are furious because the referee disallowed a goal which could have earned the club at least a point.

“Yobe fans are furious and are throwing stones onto the pitch. Both sets of players and the officiating officials are in the middle of the pitch. Police are using tear gas to push the fans back.

“Our team bus has been vandalized by angry Yobe Stars fans after our 0-1 victory against their team in Damaturu,” Akwa United said in a tweet.

The home side also confirmed the violence in a series of tweets via its handle.

“Firing continues to disperse the crowd but both players are safe.

“Terrible Situation as Police are firing Tear Gas. The Officiating is the case,” Yobe stated in a tweet.

It will be noted that since the abridged league started, there have been cases of fans attacking match officials when their clubs lose.




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