NPFL football referee who officiated the match day 3 encounter yesterday Sunday, January 20 between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance, was beaten up by supporters who attacked him shortly after final whistle.
The ref was beaten by fans of the Sagamu based football club, who were not pleased with the way he oversaw the match. It been reported that Remo Stars were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bendel Insurance. Player Charles Omokaro had put the visitors ahead 0-1, before Skipper Victor Mbaoma equalised 1-1 for the Kennedy Boboye’s side. Though, with two minutes left on the clock, Remo believed they had secured the three points after Victor Mbaoma scored from close range from a well worked freekick only for the referee/linesman to rule the effort out for offside which got the away fans upset.
After the incident Remo Stars management published a statement over the assault incident, vowed to arrest the perpetrators of the violence. This is the statement:
“A manhunt has started immediately as the management of the club and the Nigeria Police Force Sagamu division are working closely to ensure that the intruder is brought to book to face the consequences of his actions.“
“We totally regret and condemn this act as we don’t encourage violence in football.
“In the same vein of condeming this act we would also like to indicate that the centre referee Bethel Nwanesi calls all through the game were questionable and in the 88th minute a good goal was scored, which would have been the winning goal, was ruled offside and disallowed by the referee which caused an uproar among the fans.
“This of course is no reason why anyone should get hurt, we have lost games at home in the past against Plateau United, Enyimba FC, MFM FC, Rivers United without witnessing such violence.
We also want to make a staunch warning to supporters or individuals who come with the intention of disrupting or causing violence in the stadium as the club will severely deal with anyone found guilty of such behaviour.”
Nigerian football mentality needs upgrade to be sincere…