Fans Mob Referees In Umuahia

Angry fans of Abia
Warriors FC went berserk on Wedneday at the Umuahia Township Stadium and attacked Centre Referee, Abubakar Ago from Yobe State and Assistant Referee, Azeez Orowole, from Osun.
The incident took place at the end of a midweek encounter between the Umuahia-based club and visiting Ifeanyi Uba FC.
The match, which many fans considered a must win for relegation-bound Abia Warriors, ended in a 1-1 draw.
The referees were atacked on the pitch shortly after the blast of the final whistle to signal the end of the match.
The fans, who alleged biased officiating against Ago and Orowole, overwhelmed the few policemen on duty.
Even the intervention of the Chairman of Abia Warriors, Chief Emeka Inyama, could not save the situation.
It took the perseverance and frantic efforts of the police to rescue the referees from the mob.
A detachment of anti-riot police from the Central Police Station, Umuahia, was later deployed to the stadium to rsstore normalcy.
The police fired teargas canisters to disperse the fans before escorting the referees and other match officials to their hotel.
Some of the fans alleged that the 85th minute equaliser by Ifeanyi Uba’s forward, Kojo Baah, was scored with hand.