1 GAME condemns attack on Enyimba media chief


1 GAME on Monday condemned what it called a “senseless” attack on Enyimba of Aba media chief Farriel Allaputa following Sunday’s ill fated Nigeria Premier League (NPL) game between Ocean Boys and Enyimba at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, and said it shows the need to defeat violence in football.

“This is a senseless attack,” 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji (pictured above) said of the incident that saw Allaputa molested by fans of Ocean Boys who were incensed following their side’s 0-0 draw with Enyimba.

“1 GAME condemns in the strongest terms the attack on Enyimba’s media chief Farriel Allaputa. Such behaviour brings the game into disrepute and is unacceptable. Acts of hooliganism must not be tolerated wherever and whenever they occur.”

Obaji added: “It only highlights the existential threat that these kind of ill-mannered supporters pose for football, and underscores why it’s so important that we continue to work together in defeating violence in the game.”

Disgruntled fans of Ocean Boys who feared Enyimba might seek justice from the NPL over the way match officials handled the game that saw Victor Barnabas last minute goal for the Aba side disallowed, descended on Allaputa after the Enyimba spokesman refused to turn in the match tape, dispossessing him of cash and personal belongings.

1 GAME is a non-profit initiative calling on football enthusiasts to rise in support of its call for an end to fanaticism and vices in the game by signing up through its website www.play1game.org.

So far, thousands of people have signed up to be part of 1 GAME in a list that includes General Manager of Ocean Boys Tony Ogola whose club supporters were the culprits in Sunday’s attack on Allaputa.
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