Shooting Stars abandoned the match against Sunshine Stars.
The match between Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Sunshine Stars of Akure on Sunday was abandoned after the Oyo State Sports commissioner, Dapo Lam, who was present at the Akure Township Stadium was reportedly assaulted.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, Mr. Lam alleged that he was hit in the stomach by a big stone thrown by a Sunshine Stars’ fan while he was in his team’s dressing room; and this caused him to fall into a coma.
The first half of the match ended 2-1 in favour of Sunshine Stars FC, the home team. However, during halftime, the officials of the visiting team, Shooting Stars, complained that fans of the home team had attacked their fans including the Sports Commissioner who had accompanied them from Ibadan. The Ibadan team consequently refused to turn up for the second half of the match and headed off to their hotel.
The General Manager of Sunshine Stars, Mike Idoko, however, accused the Sports commissioner of making up the whole story.
“We put a lot of security in place so why will someone beat him up? What did he do that he was beaten and beaten to the state of coma? Why did he ask his boys not to come out for the second half?” Mr Idoko said. “He was the one who asked them not to play. He said he will call the minister. He is too childish and arrogant; he is not fit to be called a commissioner,”
Mr. Idoko pointed out that at the time the match was abandoned, his team was leading hence; their fans had no cause for anger.
“The match commissioner is even an ex player of 3SC (Shooting Stars), Patrick Pascal from Bauchi,” Mr Idoko said to drive home his point. “The match commissioner is the owner of the game. He went to see the Commissioner in the dressing room and was told that the team would not play.”
Mr. Lam, reacting to Mr. Idoko’s statements, however, insisted that he had no reason to lie.
“The assault is all recorded on a the camera although the (Shooting Stars) cameraman didn’t enter the dressing room. The camera has now been badly damaged and is under repairs and when it’s ready the whole world will know the truth,” he said.
The disciplinary committee of the Nigeria Football Federation is yet to meet to take a stance on the abandoned match.
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