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Seven arrested over pitch invasion in Bauchi

31 July 2013, 11:44

Bauchi - Wikki Tourist FC of Bauchi on Tuesday said seven suspects had been arrested for their alleged role on invasion of the pitch during a league match against visiting El Kanemi FC of Maiduguri.

The club’s Chairman, Sule Chindo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspects were arrested by security personnel in Bauchi.

Chindo added that investigations were ongoing to ascertain the roles played by each of them in disrupting the Globacom Premier League (GPL) match.

He said that the match, played on July 21, was interrupted because of a pitch invasion by some supporters of Wikki Tourist, after they alleged that the referee was biased.

The chairman warned that, henceforth, any supporter or fan that disrupted a match would not be spared, noting that some of the people were being used by the club's detractors.

"Henceforth we will not allow any so called supporter or fan to cause problem for us.

"We realised that some enemies of the club are using some irresponsible persons to cause commotion in the field so that Wikki can be penalised by the NFF,” he said.

He further said that the suspects would be prosecuted after the investigations.

NAN recalls that the people invaded the pitch after referee Sylvester Okobi allowed a goal in favour of El-Kanemi in the second half.

The protesters alleged that Okobi had earlier denied Wikki Tourist a penalty kick.

It was immediately after the alleged refusal that the visitors had a counter attack and registered the goal.

NAN also recalls that the police had to fire tear gas to disperse the mob before order was restored.

The match was played at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.

 - NAN


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