Port Harcourt fracas unacceptable – 1 GAME

The 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign has described as “unacceptable” attacks on Ocean Boys players and officials which marred Saturday’s game against Sharks in Port Harcourt.

Reports in the media had it that unidentified men invaded the dressing room of the visiting team, attacked and inflicted severe body injuries on the players and officials.

Amid fears that league venues in the country could no longer guarantee the right security for players, officials and spectators, Philip Obaji, 1 GAME founder and Executive Director on Sunday said: “The situation in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) is worrying, you’d rather not want to be seen at match venues.

“Obviously, we strongly condemn Saturday’s attack on players and officials of Ocean Boys. Such a situation is unacceptable. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured,” he added in a statement.

“This is an attack not only on innocent people but on the image of the NPL and we call for full investigation and holding those responsible to account.

“We share the concerns about the threat that violence posses. And this is among the reasons we cooperate so strongly with the NPL in term of not only security support but also advocacy and educational support for followers of football,” he concluded.
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