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Abia Warriors deny Rangers allegation

26 September 2014, 16:10Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Abia Warriors FC have denied reported allegation of molestation levelled against them by Enugu Rangers during a Glo Nigerian Premier League game between both sides in Umuahia.  

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the media officer of Rangers International FC of Enugu, in regards to their week 28 Glo Premier League encounter with Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township stadium in which he claimed that the team was molested at the end of the game which ended goalless.” A statement reads.

“The truth is that the match officials demonstrated clear biased officiating against Abia Warriors and did everything to frustrate every goal bound move of the homeside while also allowing Rangers players the freedom to engage in time-wasting techniques and manhandling of our players.”

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“On at least three occasions, the referee denied Abia Warriors clear-cut spot kick opportunities and capped it by disallowing a validly goal scored  by Osas Idehen mid-way in the second half much to the bewilderment of everybody at the stadium, except, of course, the match referees and their Rangers allies.”

Enugu, the home of Rangers, is about one hour drive from Umuahia, and a large number of the visitor’s fans stormed the stadium.

Abia Warriors media officer Igwe Onuoha said “tight security ensured that the atmosphere remained peaceful, before, during and even after the game.”

“The Rangers match was Abia Warriors’ 14th home game of the season and no incident of any type has ever been recorded even when the result did not favour the home side.”

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