Heartland fans attack referee

REFEREE Olawale Fawole was beaten black and blue and FC IfeanyiUbah team bus smashed after rival Heartland fans went on rampage in a revenge attack on Saturday in Owerri after a league match involving both eastern Nigerian clubs.

Fawole is a serving Nigerian army officer.

According to Africanfootball.com, Fc IfeanyiUbah’s owner attacked Heartland goalkeeper Ebele Obi and some Heartland fans were also attacked in the ensuing mayhem.

Both the billionaire owner of IfenayiUbah and Obi were sanctioned for their conduct in that episode.

Saturday’s rematch in Owerri ended in a draw before the Heartland fans decided to take the laws into their hands.

An official report is being awaited from the League Management Company (LMC).

The incidence of violence at Nigeria league venues has been on the rise as the championship nears the home stretch.