Referee Olawale Fawole was beaten black and blue and FC IfeanyiUbah team bus smashed after rival Heartland fans went on rampage in a re...
Referee Olawale Fawole was beaten black and blue and FC IfeanyiUbah team bus smashed after rival Heartland fans went on rampage in a revenge attack on Saturday in Owerri after a league match involving both eastern Nigerian clubs.
In the reverse fixture, IfeanyiUbah owner attacked Heartlandgoalkeeper Ebele Obi and some Heartland fans were also attacked in the ensuing mayhem.
Both the billionaire owner of IfenayiUbah and Obi were sanctioned for their conduct in that episode.
Saturday’s rematch in Owerri ended in a draw before the Heartland fans decided to take the laws into their hands.
SOS Pl help our players and fans are under attack, plenty wounded, missiles flying everywhere and blood everywhere pl help— FC Ifeanyi Ubah (@FCIfeanyiUbah) July 23, 2016
Pl help our lives our in danger @LMCNPFL— FC Ifeanyi Ubah (@FCIfeanyiUbah) July 23, 2016
FC Ifeanyi Ubah players and supporters who were both in jubilant mood after a well-deserved point secured from a scoreless draw against Heartland in Match Day 28 of the NPFL had their joyous moment of celebration short lived as they were massively attacked by irate Heartland FC fans immediately after the game at the Dan Anyiam Stadium.We have been forced to flee from the bus, run on foot and above all abandoned by the security forces— FC Ifeanyi Ubah (@FCIfeanyiUbah) July 23, 2016
The player's bus and that of the supporter's club were attacked with both players and supporters suffering varying degree of injuries occasioned by the bodily harm.
The incident happened as the buses were on their way out of the Dan Anyiam Stadium. The reckless and senseless fans of Heartland chased the buses despite managing to leave the stadium unscathed, they caught up with the buses where they were stuck in a heavy traffic as they perform their dastardly act, hauling stones of various sizes and other missiles at the buses which shattered the glasses and destroyed other components of the conveying bus.
The players and other club officials who were in the vehicle had to alight and took to their heels on seeing the extent of the mayhem being unleashed as they all scampered for safety in different directions available.
It was surely dooms day as security officials at the stadium where the initial attack started did little or nothing to provide some form of protection for the FC Ifeanyi Ubah contingent despite the presence of the No. 2 Citizen of the State (The Deputy Governor) and the Commissioner for Sports.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah players and officials are still reeling in rude shock in the aftermath of the encounter. An official report is being awaited from the League Management Company (LMC).
The incidence of violence at Nigeria league venues has been on the rise as the championship nears the home stretch.