NPFL Clubs are complicit in the spate of crowd disturbances and violence at venues of league matches, NFF Integrity Officer, Chris Emerua has told brila.net.
This weekend’s League matches were marred by reports of crowd violence in Katsina and Kano, where Team and Match officials were attacked and Team Buses were vandalized by irate fans but Emerua, who serves as the National Integrity Officer in the Nigeria Football Federation insists such actions are organized crimes that are often sponsored by club administrators.
Emerua condemned this weekend’s violence and described the actions as “animalistic”
He said the perpetrators are known ” thugs and criminals ” sponsored by Management of clubs to ensure away teams are intimidated, and suggests stringent measures needed to be adopted to stop the rot.
The security expert maintains that though a comprehensive approach to fighting Crowd violence required substantial funding, he insists those caught should be charged to court and sentenced, as their actions are tantamount to a crime punishable by law.