Cam­era­man in­jured as vi­o­lence rocks Abia-katsina tie

The Punch - - SPORTS - Idris Adesina

KATSINA United cam­era­man Musa Bashir was on Sun­day in­jured af­ter some an­gry fans of Abia War­riors at­tacked the vis­it­ing team af­ter their 1-1 draw in their Premier League match at the Umuahia Sta­dium.

The Changi Boys equalised through a penalty con­verted by Joshua Ag­boola, which can­celled out a 16th minute strike by Sam­son Obi for the hosts.

Eye­wit­nesses claimed that some of the home fans, who were not happy with the penalty award for Katsina, ac­cused the match of­fi­cials of bias to­wards the north­ern side. Our cor­re­spon­dent also learnt that the fans were not happy that the ref­eree ruled out a goal scored by Abia for off­side.

It was learnt that as Abia of­fi­cials moved to pro­tect the match of­fi­cials and the vis­it­ing team from be­ing at­tacked by the an­gry fans, who were mov­ing to­wards them, Bashir al­legedly recorded the in­ci­dent.

Spokesman for Katsina Wale Oye said Bashir was rushed to the hos­pi­tal af­ter the at­tack, adding that the in­ci­dent had been re­ported to the League Man­age­ment Com­pany.

“The match went well un­til the fi­nal whis­tle when Abia War­riors fans be­came un­con­trol­lable. In the process, some of the fans of the home team at­tacked our cam­era­man and beat him up and in­jured him in his neck,” Oye told our cor­re­spon­dent on the tele­phone on Mon­day.

“The cam­era­man was try­ing to get a video ev­i­dence of the fans’ at­tempted as­sault on the match of­fi­cials when they pounced on him. They seized his cam­era, took two tapes from the cam­era and also made way with his mo­bile phone and money.

“We had to rush him to Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Umuahia for treat­ment at about 6:45pm and he was dis­charged at about 10.55pm. We have al­ready sent an of­fi­cial re­port of the in­ci­dent to the LMC.”

Spokesman for the home team Igwe On­uoha con­firmed that Bashir was in­jured.

He said, “The match didn’t go down well with the fans be­cause the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions were ques­tion­able. Abia have drawn many matches at home and even lost some with fair of­fi­ci­at­ing. Our fans have al­ways taken pic­tures with the op­pos­ing team play­ers.

“But that of Sun­day was dif­fer­ent. The club chair­man and other club of­fi­cials en­sured that there was ad­e­quate se­cu­rity for the ref­er­ees and Katsina play­ers. We were in­formed while at the sta­dium that the cam­era­man of Katsina had been in­jured and rushed to the FMC in Umuahia.”

•Stoke City’s Bruno Indi (left) with West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouy­ate dur­ing their Premier League match at The Lon­don Sta­dium…on Mon­day. The match ended 1-1. Photo: AFP

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