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Referee Garba left unconscious after Heartland fans attacked him in Owerri

Referee Garba left unconscious after Heartland fans attacked him in Owerri

- Plateau United forced Heartland FC to 1-1 draw in their match day 18 fixture at the Dan Anyiam on Monday, April 23

- Goals from Abiodun Thompson and Tosin Omoyele ensured both teams shared spoils at the end of the game

- But referee Yusuf Garba landed in the hospital unconscious after he was beaten by fans of the home team

- Kennedy Boboye's men will face Wikki Tourists in one of their rescheduled games in Jos on Thursday, April 25

Referee Yusuf Garba has landed in the hospital unconscious after he was beaten by fans in Monday's Nigerian League encounter between Heartland fc and Plateau United.

Abiodun Thompson opened scoring for the Naze Millionaires in the 21st minute but a late minute equaliser from Tosin Omoyele earned the visitors a point from that league match.

However, after the referee sounded the final whistle, the fans stormed the pitch to beat the match official to the level of comatose after the game.

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Meanwhile, Plateau United have petitioned the League Management Company to sanction Heartland FC for an attack on the referee and some of their players.

“What happened yesterday in Owerri was an act of hooliganism. They (Heartland fans) attacked the referee and some of our players,” Yakup told CSN.

“We just hope the LMC will do the needful by applying the necessary sanctions.”

Earlier this season, Sunshine Stars have been sanctioned by the league organisers following their inability to control their fans from disturbing the peace of the game, as well as attacking the match officials.

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The Owena Waves forfeited three points and three goals after their fans attacked match officials in the aftermath of their league game against Kano Pillars at the Akure Sports Complex.

Meanwhile, the NPFL champions will now shift their attention to reclaiming the title they won for the first time last season having failed to reach the CAF Confederation Cup group stage after losing 5-2 to USM Algers in their last playoffs.

They are currently 11th on the log with 22 points from 14 games and they will host Wikki Tourists in one of their rescheduled games in Jos on Wednesday. They also have four matches at hand.

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