Again, violence, hooliganism mar NPFL Match Day 26 fixtures

Again, violence, hooliganism mar NPFL Match Day 26 fixtures

For the umpteenth time, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has again witnessed some form of hooliganism and violence in some of the stadiums where games were played.

Several reports have it that in Lagos, a match official was attacked after MFM drew goalless with visiting Enugu Rangers.

The yet to be identified individual was seen 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.

Just as Lagos was having its own issue, reports coming in from Ilorin 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 stadium 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

It will be recalled that Kano Pillars were recently fined 9 million naira, deducted 3 points and banished indefinitely to play their home matches at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja after a series of crowd troubles at the home ground in Kano.

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