At­tack on ref­er­ees not from Wikki sup­port­ers – Paschal

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua

Former in­ter­na­tional and mem­ber of Wikki Tourists man­age­ment com­mit­tee, Patrick Paschal has said fans who un­leashed may­hem on ref­er­ees who of­fi­ci­ated the week 33 fix­ture be­tween the ‘Bauchi ele­phants’ and Enugu Rangers were not sup­port­ers of the club.

Af­ter a 1-1 draw on Sun­day, some irate fans at the Tafawa Balewa sta­dium Bauchi mo­lested and in­jured the match of­fi­cials.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust on the sad in­ci­dent, Paschal said the fan who stoned and in­jured ref­eree Mo­moh on the head dur­ing the first half of the match is be­ing traced and once ar­rested would be handed over to the Po­lice for pros­e­cu­tion.

He said it was rather un­for­tu­nate that the con­certed ef­fort by the man­age­ment of the club to en­cour­age or­derly con­duct among the fans was breached by per­sons mas­querad­ing as sup­port­ers of Wikki Tourists.

The Co­or­di­na­tor of the Su­per Ea­gles main­tained that ev­ery­thing hu­manly pos­si­ble would be done to bring to book those who per­pe­trated the acts of hooli­gan­ism.

“What hap­pened is very un­for­tu­nate and I con­demn it com­pletely. Those who com­mit­ted the of­fences are not mem­bers of Wikki Tourists sup­port­ers.

“True fans of the club know the con­se­quences of such be­hav­iour. I sus­pect strongly that some peo­ple with bad in­ten­tions only hid un­der the name of sup­port­ers to cause trou­ble.

“We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing to know those who are be­hind the ugly sit­u­a­tion. We are on the trail of the fan who threw the stone that in­jured the AR1. Once we get him, we shall hand him over to the Po­lice for the nec­es­sary ac­tion,” he said.

Paschal there­fore called on the sup­port­ers of Wikki Tourists to re­main of good be­hav­iour say­ing they should es­chew all acts of hooli­gan­ism.

Patrick Paschal

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