Following the attacks on a referee and other match officials during a State league match at Ijebu-Ode stadium earlier this week, the Ogun State Football Association has called on security agencies in the state to deploy more personnel to stadiums during league matches to ensure the safety of match officials and football fans.
The call was made by the Chairman of the State FA, Ganiu Majelodunmi while speaking to journalists on Thursday, after the association’s congress, which was held at the FA house in Abeokuta.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), Mike Obafunso, had raised alarm over the safety of referees and other match officials in the state.
Obafunso while lamenting the attack on the referee said, “I want to appeal to the Ogun State FA to help stop these attacks on referees. Yesterday, a referee was attacked in Ijebu-Ode stadium. We want this association to do something about this.”
The FA Chairman expressed shock over the incident, disclosing that the association had suspended the club from participating in the league.
The coach of the team was also handed over to the police for his role in the assault on the referee. He added.