Benin, June 7, 2021 (NAN) Edo government has appealed to the management of Nigeria National League (NNL) to sanction Remo Stars FC for allegedly failing to protect Bendel Insurance FC from attacks on Sunday.
The Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, stated this when he received players and officials of the club on Monday in Benin.
Shaibu said should the NFF fail to do so, the state government might withdraw Bendel Insurance FC from the ongoing NNL.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that players and officials of Bendel Insurance were allegedly beaten up by fans after the game ended in goalless.
The match, which was in the fifth of the seven minutes added time was was disrupted by the fans.
Spokesman of the club, Kehinde Osagede, who explained the incident to Shaibu, said that some of the players and officials were inflicted with dip cuts during the attack.
“Not only were we beaten, the fans also destroyed the club’s bus and delete the match proceedings recorded by some of us from our phones.
“One of the managers of the club fainted after being hit with a plank. It was God that saved us,” Osagede told the Shaibu.
The deputy governor noted that it was the second time in less than a month that the Insurance Club would be attack and urged NFF to intervene.
“We cannot afford to allow this happen the third time without taking action.
If the NFF cannot protect our players and officials when they play away match, then we will withdraw from further matches in the NNL.
“We are seriously disappointed with the incident; l am particularly disturbed that not only the fans were (allegedly) involved in this but the Remo players as well.
“NFF must give us commitment to protect our players and officials from the remaining of the league matches in the absence of which, we will be forced to withdraw our club from further participation,” he stated. (NAN)