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Another Referee Beat Up: What Can We Do To Stop This?

Gabriel Adigwe, a FIFA badged referee in the NPL, at the weekend, was at the receiving end of a lynch by fans of Kano Pillars as they played out a 1-1 draw against visiting Dolphins FC.

Fans of KP began to attack the refrees in the 71st minute and the game had to be stopped for four minutes as the match officials were being hit with sachet water.

Adigwe, sensing that there will be trouble if the game ends in Dolphins favour, decided to award KP a penalty in the 97th minute in what appeared to be a 50/50 challenge which KP later converted.

Adigwe and the other match officials were later attacked as they made their way into the tunnel. They were severely beaten and the 2nd assistant was left unconscious.

Adigwe speaking on Top sports on Top radio this morning, spoke about how he is seriously considering quitting.

Adigwe on March 22nd, was also attacked by fans of Niger Tornadoes after they played out a draw against Bayelsa United in Minna where he said he was 'psychologically damaged' after the attack.

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If u want to reduce the population, there are other ways of doing that without sheding of blood, one's to put an embargo on how many kids you're allowed to have as a married citizen and when you should marry or get pregnant if you are unmarried.

Anyways, let npl introduce huge points deduction technic, you'd see the sudden effect it'll have on the league.

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^^^Nigeria will face FIFA's wrath if they do this but CAF, CAF will give a thumbs up and urge us to continue

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that was about 2 years ago, no longer in existence, it's nff that pays the refs now.

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i was listening to all these tv soccer analysts one day and one of them said, in every game, the team playing home has the responsibilities of accommondating, feeding and transporting the match officials.

if that is true, how can a team do all these and still loose a match? the ref at least must learn to appreciate and give one or two penalties to the home team depending on the kind of services given to the ref by the team.

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That's exactly what I had been saying all along. NPL is wrongly administered, how can such barbaric act continue to happen in our league without proper sanctions. What would have happened if those officials were beaten to death? It would have become another of such stories in the newspaper, NPL would have fined them and that is all.

All this poo, and somebody in my office ask me to stop supporting europian clubs and go to watch the league in the stadium in Nigeria or become a fan of a Nigeria club. Tufia, !!! No be me.

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Premier League sanctions Pillars

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) have ordered Premier division club, Kano Pillars to play their remaining home matches of the 2009-10 season at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar in the aftermath of last weekend's encounter against Dolphins, which was characterised by acts of violence on the part of Pillars fans.

The encounter, played before a capacity crowd at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano saw the home side drawing level with the visitors from Port Harcourt very late in stoppage time to bring the score line to 1-1. But shortly afterwards, frustrated Pillars fans went on a rampage, attacking the match officials, as well as players and officials of Dolphins.

Sanctions

While Dolphins' players and officials were attacked on the pitch, the centre referee, Gabriel Adigwe and other match officials were attacked inside the tunnel as they headed for the changing room. It is the second time Adigwe will be assaulted by fans this year. Fans of Niger Tonadoes had attacked him in March during a match against Bayelsa United.

In addition to playing their remaining home games away from Kano, the Premier League also imposed a fine of one million naira on the club while also ordering them to pay the sum of two hundred thousand naira to of the match officials (the centre referee Adigwe, his two assistant referees and the match commissioner).

The Premier League also directed the former league champions to effect the payments on or before June 5, 2010, and to identify the perpetrators of the ugly incident.

The decision will likely please officials of Dolphins whose media officer, China Acheru was thankful that they survived the incident. "We thank God we came out with our lives intact even though some of us will live with the trauma of that incident for a long time," he said.

Not the first time

It is not the first time this season that the NPL will be coming down hard on clubs owing to the action of their supporters as the likes of Niger Tornadoes, Rangers, Wikki Tourists and lately Ranchers Bees have all come under the NPL's hammer.

Ranchers Bees were probably hit the hardest as three of their players and two officials were each banned for one year after they attacked centre referee Francis Kreki and match commissioner John Ladan at the end of their league encounter against Sunshine Stars at the Kaduna Township Stadium earlier this month.

In addition to the punishment, the club was fined two million naira and ordered to play their remaining home games in Calabar, at the U.J. Esuene.

http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Sport/Football/5572445-147/premier_league_sanctions_pillars__.csp

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Find full story here:

http://www.kickoff.com/mobilen/content/article/15617

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Kano Pillars have been banished to the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar following their attack on match officials after the 1-1 draw against Dolphins. Kano Pillars were fined 1.8 million naira. They are to pay 1 million to the NPL and 200,000 naira each to the four match officials.

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yeah, the kickoff link didnt really elaborate cos it happened after the game, they were already heading for the tunnel. Adigwe called in on Top sports on Top radio and explained everything. He said he is considering quitting. He also said the NPL ordered Niger Tornadoes to compensate for the Minna incident but he hasnt been given a dime.

I think this is one area where Obasekis administration truly didnt do enough. It is becoming to common. Away teams go into games and play to lose so they come out alive. When last did an away team win a game in the NPL? This one problem Owumi and his people should really tackle head on. Points deduction or relegation to national division 1 or 10 million naira fine. They'll behave themselves by then.

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The NPL should come up with better hard hitting punitive measures like points deduction or outright relegation of erring teams. Banishing teams from their grounds or hitting clubs with fines is clearly not enough.

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http://www.goal.com/en/news/89/africa/2010/03/22/1845021/referee-gabriel-adigwe-left-psychologically-damaged-after

http://www.kickoff.com/mobilen/content/article/15573

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Can you please provide a source apart from claiming that you heard it from top fm?

i know for sure that Adigwe was once beaten at the ABA township stadium and not at Niger tornadoes as you posted.

i also didn't hear about any ref being beaten at Kano stadium, but i know there was a match holdup for 20 minutes when fans invaded the stadium.

Kano pillars just dug their own grave, why throw away the competition now that they are so close to snatching away the league title from Enyimba? they are surely going to pay fines and be banished for pitch invasion.

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