Umuahia - Premier league side, Abia warriors FC, have condemned
in strong terms, the minor skirmishes that followed the club’s 1-1 draw with
visiting oriental brothers, FC IfeanyiUbah at the Umuahia Township Stadium and
accused the opposing fans of engineering the violence.
In a statement issued in Umuahia after the club’s emergency
management meeting, Abia Warriors recalled that the Umuahia Township Stadium
has remained the most peaceful venue in the country as no violence had ever
been recorded at the arena in the history of Nigerian Football before, during
or after any match no matter the result recorded.
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The club noted that FC IfeanyiUbah had come to Umuahia with
thousands of their fans and were the ones that started a fight even at half
time when their goalkeeper beat up a ball boy for an inexplicable reason and
after the game in order to indict Abia Warriors FC.
“We have lost some games and drawn others at the Umuahia
Township Stadium this season and nothing happened after those matches despite the
provocation by some of the officials, so what is the big deal about the draw
with IfeanyiUbah?” The statement queried.
Abia Warriors called on the League Management Company to
monitor the activities of the officials that handle league matches at this critical
period of the season in order to ensure fairness to all the clubs and so that
the league will not be brought into disrepute through the activities of some
News24 reported that angry fans of Abia Warriors FC went
berserk on Wednesday at the Umuahia Township Stadium and attacked Centre
Referee, Abubakar Ago, from Yobe and Assistant Referee, Azeez Orowole, from
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