Match officials escape being lynched by irate fans in Kano

Channels Television  
Updated March 26, 2012

An ugly situation was averted in Kano on Saturday as angry fans attempted lynching the centre referee in the match between Sardauna of Kano and Sportlight of Katsina. The game was played at the Kano Pillars Township Stadium.

His assistants and other match officials also escaped death by the whiskers from angry supporters of the Kano-based team at the end of Nigeria National League fixture which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Trouble started when some angry home fans at the stadium violently protested the outcome of the clash between the northern neighbours when the centre referee ended the game

They began hauling missiles unto the pitch, and it took the intervention of club officials to calm them down.

At that point, security agents were compelled to provide cover for the match officials, who investigations revealed, were smuggled to a safe place in the ancient city.

Attempts to speak to the match officials proved abortive as they were in a state of shock, but it was confirmed that none of them suffered any bodily harm.

The visiting Katsina side had scored first in the first stanza securing a 1-0 lead.

They held on to the lone goal advantage into the second stanza of the game.

Sarduana FC launched various offensives which paid off when Ndah Abdulkareem fired home from 25 yards to level score for the home side.