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NPFL: How oriental derby was abandoned after Enyimba protested penalty decision

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The week 35-star match of the Nigerian Premiere Football League between Rangers International of Enugu and Enyimba of Aba was abandoned by the visitors.

The Oriental derby played on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu, was abandoned after Rangers was awarded a penalty in the 107 minute of play.

Enyimba players protested the penalty and when the centre referee stood his ground, Enyimba players walked out of the pitch and refused to come back to continue to play.

After waiting for Enyimba players to return to the pitch, the referee positioned the ball on the spot only for some fans at the stand suspected to be Enyimba fans to start throwing objects into the field.

The referee and the Rangers players became afraid and ran for their safety while the missiles continued to fly into the pitch.

The fans overpowered the stadium stewards and invaded the pitch of play thus bringing the game to an abrupt end.

NAN reports that the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium with 25,000 capacity was full with about 40,000 spectators.

NAN reports that the game was goalless.

The following are the results of Match Day 35 fixtures played on Sunday in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League:

Lobi Stars FC 3-2 Remo Stars FC

Abia Warriors FC 0 – 0 Bendel Insurance FC
Heartland FC 3-1 Doma United FC
Bayelsa United FC 2-2 Sporting Lagos FC
Enugu Rangers International FC 0-0 Enyimba International FC (suspended )
Rivers United FC 1-0 Shooting Stars FC
Sunshine Stars FC 2-0 Akwa United FC.

The following matches were played on Saturday:

Katsina United FC 4-0 Gombe United FC

Plateau United FC 2-0 Kwara United FC
Kano Pillars FC 1-1 Niger Tornadoes FC.

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