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NNL referee ‘molested’ by Mighty Jet fans

16 June 2015, 12:14

Jos - The crunch Nigeria National League week five encounter between Mighty Jet and Niger Tornadoes was abandoned on Saturday 13th June, News24 authoritatively reports.

Mighty Jet fans at the Rwang Pam Stadium molested match referee Damian Akure when he signalled the end of the first stanza and he couldn't continue play in the second half.

The tension-soaked match stood at 0-0 in the first half before the game could not continue in the second half.

News24 also witnessed the vandalisation of the camera and other equipment of the visiting team by the angry Jet fans who felt the match officials weren't ready to compromise in the discharge of their duties.

Also read: Prime FC returns to winning ways in NNL

According to Mohammed Salihu, a spectator, who spoke to News24 shortly after the abandonment - Damian Akure (Centre Referee), Ate Abraham (Assistant Referee 1) and Magashi TJ (Assistant Referee 2) all from Benue State performed well.

''My brother we need to set standards if we intend to get it right. The officials really gave me hope on the future of officiating in the country,'' Salihu told News24.

''The match lived up to its billing, but I feel the home fans shouldn't have taken laws into their hands by harassing the match officials. It was a complete show of shame to the soccer loving people of Plateau State.''

Salisu urged the NNL to take proper steps in dealing with the offenders.

"The League Authorities should get to the bottom of this incident to serve as a deterrent to other teams who might want to indulge themselves by doing everything possible to win matches," Salisu concluded.

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