Following the vicious attack on the centerÂ referee Gabriel Adigwe and his assistant last weekend in Minna ,Â former Rangers Technical Adviser Christian Chukwu says the incident is unfortunate, stressing that the time has come for the NPL to take drastic measures.
Last weekend, two referees were badly beaten by TornadoesÂ fansÂ after their side drew 0-0 with Bayelsa onÂ home soil. According to the former Super Eagles coach, he believes the attack was too bad especially at this point when the league is getting into shape. He said there is the need for enlightment on theÂ fans in order for them to know more about the game.
â€œHonestly speaking, what happened last weekend was disheartening. Why would ourÂ scanty fans behave the way they did last weekend? They could have killed the referee if not for God.Â I think theÂ laws guiding the league on violence should not be on payment of fine alone but should also come with a ban, saying that this will put any teamÂ in check .
â€œThe fans need to be enlightened on how the rules of the game should be followedÂ in order not to cause more harm or dent the image of theÂ league.
It is surprising to knowÂ thatÂ same people areÂ supporters of English league. They watch and also see how the English fansÂ behave when they loose any match. Instead of applying same behaviour they prefer to be violent and dent the image of the league,â€ he said.
Meanwhile the Nigeria Premier League has fined Tornadoes N1million only payable before their home match and suspended them for violent conduct by their supporters. The club will play its subsequent home games behind closed doors until the disciplinary committee of the NFA meets, while Ahmed Ibrahim Katin, Niger Tornadoes supporters club chairman and one Abdurasheed Yusuf were placed on indefinite suspension for bringing the game into disrepute.
The club was also fined another N400,000 for allowingÂ its fans to attack the centre referee and his assistant. N200,000 each for assaulting theÂ referees.