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Edo FA Finals: Match discontinued over assault on referee

The 2013 Edo FA Men Federation Cup final between Bendel Insurance and Dynamite Force was discontinued over assault on the centre referee by a Bendel Insurance player.

The march was played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Sunday in Benin.

During the first half of play, Bendel Insurance scored a goal which was disallowed, an Insurance player protested and it led to the match being put on hold for about five minutes.

Not long into the second half, Frank Egharevba put Dynamite Force ahead with a goal scored in the 59th minute of play.

By the 66th minute, Uche Cyprian, a Bendel Insurance player, gave the centre referee a punch on his nose, an act which brought the match to a final halt.

The Chairman of Dynamite Force FC, Bernard Joman who commented on the incident, said “wining a football match is not a do or die affair.

“The ball went out of line and the Dynamite goal keeper wanted to get it when a player from Bendel Insurance kicked him.

“The Dynamite keeper retaliated and it led to a fight between both of them.

“The centre referee naturally issued both men with red cards consequent upon which the Insurance player assaulted the referee by punching him on the nose,” Joman said.

He noted that his club’s victory over the Bendel Insurance team was not a big deal and that losing a match should be taken in the spirit of sportsmanship and not in violence.

Superintendent Gabriel Alobo, a football chief coach and Police sports officer, also condemned the action of the player and stressed that the player be punished, accordingly.

“No matter what happens, a player should have the right frame of mind and be able to conduct himself well.

“No matter the quality of officiating, I don’t think there is any law that empowers a player to do it by himself.

“I think the board of the Edo Football Association should discipline the player accordingly.

“If we do not curb these kinds of attitude now, they will have serious consequences in the future,” Alobo said.

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