It was an ugly scene at the Oleh Township Stadium, Delta state yesterday as the fans of Holly Arrow encroached on the pitch in the week fifteen game with Bendel Insurance FC of Benin and forced the game to an abrupt end.
The game kicked off smoothly with both side playing good football until in the 79th minute when an Holly Arrow striker collided with Insurance Goalkeeper in an aerial contest.
The home fans expected the Referee to punish Insurance Goalkeeper unjustly but because the Referee did not do their bidding, the fans broke the barrier and invaded the pitch to attack the referees and Match Assessor.
They remained uncontrollable for about an hour in spite of all entreaties by some of the home team’s management staff and other lovers of the game.
Their attempt to attack the police as the trouble continued was the height of it as Insurance Cameraman was assaulted and his camera damaged, while pebbles and stones rained on the pitch, injuring the match Assessor in his head.
It took the efforts of the General Manager of the Holly Arrow and his men to calm the situation and cleverly whisked the Referees out of the stadium.
The game was still goalless before the unfortunate incident.
Recall that Insurance defeated Holly Arrow 2-0 in their first fixture in Benin and hoped for first away win at Oleh.