NRA condemns attacks on referees

•Tade Azeez

The President, Nigeria Referees Association  Tade Azzez has expressed his  displeasure over the alleged attacks on some referees at the Premier League opening games, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The NRA boss spoke in a statement  by the association’s National Publicity Secretary, Kelechi Mejuobi on Monday.

NAN  reports that there were reported cases of violence in some venues with a reference to the first league match between Katsina United and Kano Pillars in Katsina.

“The attention of NRA has been drawn to unpalatable incidents trailing the kickoff of the NPFL,’’ Azeez said.

“In the Week One matches played on Saturday and Sunday, the referees who were on duty in some centres received pockets of unsavoury treatment that posed danger to the lives of the match officials in the games ahead.

“The referees’ body,  which is keenly monitoring the situation by following the cases of the victims, sympathises with their injured members.

“We are also expecting that the report of the incidents will be sent to appropriate quarters for further actions.’’

He added,  “Preliminary reports have it that  there was a minor attempt to maltreat the referees who handled the league opener between  Katsina United and  Kano Pillars in Katsina.

“We also got report  that  the referees  who officiated the match between Nassarawa United and   Plateau United  were seriously brutalised.

“The NRA regrets that,  in spite of the appeal by its leadership for all stakeholders to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, violence against us was recorded.

“We also educate on the need to refrain from making referees their scapegoats after unfavourable outcome, attacks on match officials heralded the new season.”  Punch

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