Lagos - Members of the Sharks FC squad have claimed that they were assaulted by a group who they say were Abia Warriors supporters.
The Blue Angels arrived at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Sunday morning ahead of their clash with Warriors, but instead of the training session they had hoped for, Sharks were met by an abusive mob.
"We arrived at the stadium on Sunday morning only to be told we could not train," Sharks club captain Odinga Odinga told SuperSport.
"Some Abia Warriors fans and one of their officials (team co-ordinator) John (Kanu), then attacked us. They punched me, tore my clothes and damaged my jewelry.
"They also assaulted two of our players, Christian Pyagbara and Ifeanyi Inyam, then pelted our bus with stones."
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However, Kanu insists that this is not how matters unfolded.
"It's a shame that Sharks will claim their players were assaulted by our supporters because that is not true," he asserted.
"The rules are clear. No team is allowed to train at the venue of the game on the day the match is to be played and they clearly flouted it.
"When Dolphins played in Umuahia earlier in the season, they sneaked into the stadium and trained on the day of the game so we suspected it would happen again."We merely stopped them (Sharks) from training on the pitch because the rules do not allow it."
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