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Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018
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Heartland FC risks sanctions over referee’s attack

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Nigeria Professional League side, Heartland FC, is at the risk of being banished away from their present home ground at the Dan Ayiam Stadium in Owerri and possibly pays a hefty fine to the League Management Company.
This follows the ugly incident that greeted their league match against Plateau United on Monday in Owerri where the referee in charge was attacked by those alleged to be fans of the Naze Millionaires.
Centre Referee, YusuffGarba, who officiated the NPFL Match Day 18 tie, was reportedly beaten to coma.
He was attacked by irate ‘fans’ after the visiting team equalised via former Osun United TosinOmoyele’s stoppage-time strike.
An official of the LMC who does not want to be quoted directly said they would have to wait for the Match Commissioner’s report before any action is taken.
“The LMC has been preaching football without violence. Once we get the official report from the Match Commissioner on what transpired, we will take decisive actions” the LMC official offered.
It has been a torrid season for Heartland FC who only just got promoted back to the Premier League after going down to the Nigeria National League.
Monday’s result leaves Heartland FC at the bottom of the table while Plateau United climbed to 11th on the log from their previous 14th spot.

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