The Chairman of Kano Pillars, Surajo Yahaya Jambul, has distanced himself from Kaduna football fans that invaded the pitch last Sunday and disrupted the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, week 27 match between his team and Akwa United at the Ahmadu Bello stadium.
The irate fans forced the top of the table clash to be abandoned when they invaded the pitch to protest the decision of match officials to disallow the goal scored by Nyima Nwagua in the seventh minute of second half added time.
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On Monday, the League Management Company, LMC, among other things, slammed Pillars with a hefty fine of N7.5 over COVID-19 breach and fans encroachment.
The Chairman in a statement issued by the Spokesman of the club, Alhaji Idris Rilwanu Malikawa said Pillars know nothing about the fans who disrupted the match just as he stressed that they neither sold tickets nor allowed the fans to enter into the stadium.
“Kano Pillars didn’t sell tickets and didn’t invite anybody to be in the stadium. I don’t know how spectators managed to get access into the stadium,” he said.
Surajo also expressed shock that Pillars are being punished for the failure of the Kaduna State FA to provide adequate security as required by the LMC.
He insisted that since Pillars chose Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna as their adopted home ground for the season, they have continued to provide all the logistics requested by Kaduna state Football Association for security so Pillars shouldn’t be blamed for the unfortunate incident.
“The authority concerned should study carefully how the match against Akwa United was handled so as to correct some of the mistakes to avoid future occurrence,” he advised.