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Abia Warriors condemn fans violence after FC IfeanyiUbah draw

08 September 2016, 19:00

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 overzealous referees.

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 Osun.

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