Thursday, April 25, 2013
NPL MTACH BETWEEN KANO PILLARS AND HEARTLAND ABANDONED AFTER POLICE SHOOT A FAN
The Nigeria Professional Football league clash between Kano Pillars and Heartland was abandoned on Wednesday after police shot a fan at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
According to the media officer of Kano Pillars, Idris Malikawa, the match was goalless after half an hour before it was called off after Heartland refused to continue the game after a fan was shot in the foot by police inside the stadium and the fans protested.
The fan was said to have done something illegal but he has been rushed to hospital
Malikawa commended the fans for the way and manner they comported themselves during the problem and he blamed Heartland for refusing to continue the match for fear of their safety despite assurances from the match officials that the situation was taken care of.
However, Heartland media officer Cajetan Nwokpara reported a different account and insisted that some home fans invaded the pitch and took the laws into their hands.
"Our match was inconclusive because some home fans invaded the pitch with knives, cutting the net and trying to remove the goal post after they had done so with the corner flags,” he said.
“I don't really know what caused this. We were escorted to our hotel by the security and everybody in our team is
Interestingly the same fixture last season also ended amid controversies after Heartland claimed they were manhandled by the Kano fans after they managed a 1-1 draw in Kano.