Fans hold match officials ‘hostage’ at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stadium

The Center Referee and his two Assistance Referees were blocked from entering the dressing room by the fans after the first half of the encounter.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fans and supporters were protesting alleged poor officiating of a match between Wikki Toutists FC of Bauchi and Enyimba International FC of Abia in the ongoing Nigerian Professional Football League.

The Center Referee, Mohammed Umar, and his two Assistance Referees, Taiye Fasanya and Zaidu Abdullahi were blocked from entering the dressing room by the fans after the first half of the encounter.

The fans had overpowered security operatives manning the entrance to field before blocking the officials and issuing threats.

The officials were later rescued by combined team of security agents and escorted into the dressing room.

The western side of the 15,000 capacity stadium was thrown into pandemonium as the dissatisfied fans started throwing stones and sachet water at the officials and security operatives.

NAN however reports that on resumption in the second half, a lone goal by the host team in the 72 minute through Victor Alegbe, saw the fans jubilating wildly, resulting in two of them getting injured.

When the game ended 1-0 in favour of Wikki, officials of the two teams and their players hurriedly left for fear of their safety, even as journalists pursued them for comments but without success.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Why Uhuru is silent on Ruto's win - Lawyer Steve Ogolla explains

Why Uhuru is silent on Ruto's win - Lawyer Steve Ogolla explains

National Assembly gives way forward on first sitting of the 13th Parliament

National Assembly gives way forward on first sitting of the 13th Parliament

Police hunt for duo in connection with murder of IEBC returning officer

Police hunt for duo in connection with murder of IEBC returning officer

US Congress delegation meets Raila Odinga in post election visit

US Congress delegation meets Raila Odinga in post election visit

Sakaja and Igathe's lunch meet elicits positive reactions

Sakaja and Igathe's lunch meet elicits positive reactions

Jaguar, Sabina and Mbadi get tickets to parliament

Jaguar, Sabina and Mbadi get tickets to parliament

Dying is illegal in these 7 places

Dying is illegal in these 7 places

Ruto's swearing-in will go on without Uhuru, Gachagua asserts

Ruto's swearing-in will go on without Uhuru, Gachagua asserts

Cause of death for IEBC official still unknown after post-mortem

Cause of death for IEBC official still unknown after post-mortem