By Jacob Ajom
Hell was let loose at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Saturday, as thugs claimed to be supporters of Heartland Football Club of Owerri attacked rival supporters of visiting FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi after their Nigeria Professional League match day 24 encounter which ended goalless.
It was understood that Heartland fans went on rampage in a revenge attack, after it was alleged that billionaire owner of FC Ifeanyi Ubah had attacked their goalkeeper, Ebele Obi in the reverse fixture. Some Heartland fans were alleged to have also been attacked.
Both the billionaire owner of FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Obi were sanctioned for their conduct in that episode.
Last Saturday’s incident in Owerri saw Referee Olawole Fawole beaten black and blue and FC IfeanyiUbah team bus badly damaged, while some supporters of the visiting club also left with various injuries. “It was hell,” an eyewitness told Sports Vanguard, Monday.
Speaking on telephone with our reporter, Proprietor of FC IfeanyiUbah, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah described the attitude of fans of the home team as “an act of desperation by fans of a sinking club.”
Continuing, Dr Ubah said, “It is clear that they are being haunted by the fear of relegation. They expected us to lose so that they can escape relegation. I think their supporters need some education on the dynamics of football and sports generally.”
He informed that the club had since petitioned the League Management Company, pointing out that they suffered huge losses as a result of the ugly incident.
“We suffered too much loss, but we will take care of that, as we wait for justice to take its course,” he said.