Ebonyi - A soccer fan in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, on Sunday night destroyed a television screen at a viewing centre in anger, over an England player’s miss in their EURO 2012 quarter final loss to Italy.
The fan, Chidi Ngwu, hit the television screen with his bunch of keys in a fit of anger.
The incident happened when Manchester United’s Ashley Young missed a glaring opportunity in the second half to put England ahead.
England eventually lost the match on 2-4 penalties, after full and extra time scores stood at 0-0.
The game was the first in the ongoing championship to end goalless within regulation time and the first knockout game to be decided on penalties.
The incident brought a halt to proceedings at the centre located, which is at Ofoke Street at the Amike-Abaarea of Abakaliki, as the television screen cracked and became partially blurred.
Ngwu, a `diehard’ Manchester United supporter, told NAN that he regretted his action, saying that he was passionately attached to the English team.
``I didn’t know what came over me as I threw the key at the screen when Young missed that golden opportunity.
``I was frustrated with the way the Italians totally dominated the match, and I felt Young should have scored that goal to give England a semi-final chance.
``I apologised to the centre’s owner and viewers over the incident and have decided to replace the screen,” he said.
The owner of the centre, Mr Eugene Otu, said that he immediately brought out another television set to avoid the wrath of the viewers.
``Though I was disappointed over the incident, I forgave Ngwu because he is one of my dedicated customers and the act was not intentional.
``I will fix the screen before the semi final games starts on Wednesday, and I want to call on fans to control their emotions during matches,” he said.
George Chilaka, another viewer, thanked his colleagues for showing maturity during the match.
``We understood Ngwu’s predicament as he is emotionally attached to Manchester United and England and can do the unthinkable whenever they are playing,” he said.