Ilorin - A FIFA Instructor, Emmanuel Obafemi, on Thursday warned soccer enthusiasts against violence at match venues, saying that it was inimical to football development in the country.
Obafemi gave the warning at a seminar in Ilorin, organised by the Kwara Football Association on the FIFA Rule Modification for football and officiating stakeholders.
The Guest Speaker, who is also an Instructor of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), expressed displeasure at the high rate of hooliganism and violence across match venues in the country.
According to him, there is no way football fans and supporters could know the rules of the game more than the officiating officials.
"Let us support our teams by beating drums, clapping hands and with money.
"Eschew winning at home, at all costs and never engage in violence. It leads to revenge at away matches, banishing of teams and dropping of points," he said.
Obafemi, the new Registrar-designate of the University of Ilorin, told the seminar participants that there were new amendments in the laws of the game that were technical.
The FIFA Instructor said that only referees could understand the new amendments.
He urged stakeholders that they should follow normal procedures in reporting a referee suspected of foul play in a match, rather than resorting to violence.
Obafemi explained that FIFA had amended that a kick that resulted into goal from a dropped ball of fair play would no longer be an accepted goal, but a goal kick to the opponent.
"If a player kicks a dropped ball of fair play and it results in a goal, FIFA now says no, it cannot be a goal, but a goal-kick to the opponent.
"However, if he foolishly kicked it and it results into an own goal, it will not be a goal, as well but a corner kick against his team," he stressed.
Obafemi added that a penalty kick would henceforth be replayed if the ball bursts before it gets to the goal line, without having contact with any object, as against the hitherto dropped ball.
Earlier, Malam Busari Ishola, Chairman, Kwara FA, said he hoped the seminar would curb future violence at match venues because of people’s ignorance of the rules of the game.
He explained that the seminar was organised as part of pre-season activities to herald a hitch-free 2012/2013 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season.