Football's anti-violence group gets the plaudits

1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Mike Umeh says he is pleased with the progress made so far in the campaign against football violence in the country and lauded the effort of the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign in ensuring that the rule of fair play is respected at all levels of Nigeria football.

The Anambra State Football Association Chairman expressed his satisfaction while speaking to 1 GAME’s Chuma Nnoli in a telephone chat on Tuesday.

“1 GAME has been at the forefront of this campaign against football violence and thank God that they are getting a very positive sign. So far so good, the introduction of 1 GAME has reduced the violence usually experienced in matches.

“We are getting to the end of the Nigeria Premier League. I’m sure its going to be the same. We don’t expect any violence at all because violence doesn’t clear disputes,” he said.

Umeh who once served as Team Manager of the Super Eagles went on to suggest ways at which football violence can be prevented particularly in the Nigeria Premier League while also commending the effort of 1 GAME in ensuring zero tolerance to violence and other vices in football.

“Let there be good officiating, let players play very well, let everyone follow the simple rules of the game. When everything is on a level playing ground, there will be no violence.

“I have to commend 1 GAME for doing the excellent job it is doing.”
The 1 GAME campaign was initiated in June 2010 with a primary aim of combating violence and fanaticism in football and enjoys the support of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with the football governing body president, Aminu Maigari announcing in July that the NFF was partnering with it to put an end to vices in the game.
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