The ugly part of the Nigeria Profesional Football League was brought to fore again on Sunday following reports of an attack on the match officials that handled the Sunshine Stars vs Kano Pillars game.
Damian Akure had Emmanuel Apine
and Lewis Gwantana as his Assistant referees while Kenneth Onyiro was the fourth official in the Match Day 8 tie.
However, the media officer for Sunshine, Chris Okunnuwa has debunked insinuations of an attack even though he admitted that a fan threw an object at the referee which may have wounded him.
He said: “Honestly the referees were not attacked or assaulted physically, there was no way that would have happened anyway due to the heavy security presence on ground
for the Sunshine Stars - Kano Pillars game.
“But truly a water object was thrown from the crowd towards the officials on their way to the dressing room after the game and that could have caught the injured official. I know the Club won't shy away from taken responsibility for this.
“Shame it appeared the way it is already but in truth
the referees were not assaulted save for the object thrown by a spectator in the crowd and last time I checked serious efforts were already on to fish out the object thrower and bring him to book.
“I am saying this with all level of assurance and certainty no one will attack referee(s) this season and beyond in Akure with the measures on ground
and the fans education.”
The League Management Company will be banking on the official report from its Match Commissioner to take an informed decision on this latest saga.