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Agege violence: Fans want Ali banned

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Football fans want Kano Pillars captain Rabiu Ali banned for his unruly behaviour in Pillars’ 1-1 draw against Enugu Rangers during their Nigeria Professional Football League Playoff clash at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

The midfielder, who grabbed the opener for Pillars in the 58th minute, accosted referee Adebimpe Quadri after the end of the game. The ref had awarded Rangers a late penalty, which was converted by Godwin Aguda.

Ali’s reaction reportedly incited the fans of the club, who invaded the pitch in numbers wielding dangerous objects, after the encounter.

“Followers of our local league know too well that visiting teams rarely win away from home,” Nazareth Chinaza wrote on The PUNCH Facebook page.

“The behaviour of Ali and the violent action of Pillars fans are the reasons. The League Management Company must take decisive action if they are serious about growing this league and making it reputable.”

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Another fan, Destiny Onyinye also suggested a four-year ban for the Pillars captain.

“After investigations and if this turns out to be true, the Nigerian FA should take four years off Ali’s career and points deducted off the club,” he wrote.

Alvin Otutu was of the view that Ali should be prosecuted for his actions against the referee.

“This is on Kano Pillars, not NPFL, it appears Ali and his cohorts are planning to return the league to her ugly past. Ali should be banned for three years, prosecuted for attempted assault and Kano Pillars should lose nine points and fined N500m. This will teach others a lesson.”

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