Yaba Polytechnic football pitch yesterday turned to a battle ground as supporters of team Gombe descended on team Kwara football team beating its head coach, Moshood Adebayo, mercilessly.
The melee started when the head coach of the Kwara team was ordered to leave the pitch by the centre referee, following his complain of alleged poor officiating despite his side leading 1-0 in the second half. In the process, Gombe’s fans caught and beat him to coma.
The late arrival of security men did not change the situation as some reporters at the scene were also beaten by the aggrieved Gombe’s fans. A Journalist from Pilot, Toyin Saheed, was a scapegoat as he was brutally punched and slapped. “I was begging Gombe’s fans to stop the fight, but they instead beat me up to a point that I was unable to stand,” Toyin said.
Meanwhile, five of the hooligans have been arrested by the security officials. The melee marked the second time Gombe’s fans had disrupted proceedings as they had also fought in their match against team Zamfara on Thursday.