Players and officials of Enyimba FC were attacked immediately after the matchday 29 game against Plateau United which ended goalless at New Jos Stadium.
Reports from several news media outlets disclose that the fans of Plateau United started the barrage of attacks when Enyimba’s player Timothy Danladi was escorted out of the stadium by the security operatives.
Danladi had picked up a red card towards the end of additional time and the home fans were frustrated not to pick up a win on their own turf.
The game was supposed to be played under closed doors. However, some fans were in the stands to cheer for their respective clubs. The Nation reports that fans invaded the pitch as soon as the full-time whistle went off.
Players and officials of the away team were the targets of the stones and other objects thrown across the stadium. The team was also held hostage in their dressing room for several minutes before they managed to escape to their hotel.
Confirming the attack to TheCable, Austin Oladapo, Enyimba’s captain, said the security officers present at the stadium could not stop the violence as the raging fans overpowered them.
According to The Nation, Enyimba’s assistant coach Hamza Abara said: “We narrowly escaped to our hotel. Before the end of the additional three minutes, one of our defenders got a red card and when the security operatives were trying to accompany him out, the home fans started stoning him and our bench side.”
The incident is the second time in two weeks that angry home fans would invade a stadium during a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game.
On June 13, Kano Pillars supporters stormed into the pitch to beat up the match officials and Akwa United fans after Nyima Nwagua’s goal was cancelled for offside.