28th February, 2011
JUTH FC are claiming they were robbed after they fell by the odd goal to city rivals Plateau United in a Nigeria Premier League clash.
JUTH officials contestedÂ Plateau Unitedâ€™s victory, claiming that the ball did not cross the goal line for refereeÂ to award a goal.
â€œIt was a good and interesting game living up to its billing before the referee decided to mar the game and give victory to Plateau United on a platter of gold. The ball neither hit the net nor crossed the line,â€ reported JUTH spokesman, Olushola Alao.
â€œI have never seen that kind of thing before, it amused everyone that watched the game. You need to watch the game to understand what I mean.
â€œOur goalkeeper, Eze Fidelis, went up to save a header, he parried it down and hit the bar. Eze Nwabike followed the rebound towards goal and Uche Martins, who was in front of the goal line behind the goalkeeper, blocked the ball only for the referee to record it as a goal.â€
â€œIt was painful to lose a game that you watch your team play well,â€ he added.
However, Alao still expressed confidence JUTH will stay up in the top flight.
â€œWe are delighted to see that the team have returned to their best and I am sure we will get out of relegation zone,â€ he boasted.
Saturdayâ€™s win by Plateau gave their fans the bragging rights for another day; it also meant that their darling club have 13 points to move above their city rivals who are now rooted to the foot of the table with 12 points.
Sharks 4-3 home win over relegation-threatened Crown meant the Port Harcourt club have shot to fourth place on 29 points, while Crown remain third from bottom.
The match between Zamfara United and Sunshine Stars will not be played until further notice after the Gusau club claimed they were robbed Friday night on their way to Kano.
According to an official statement by the NPL, the robbery, which happened around the Malumfashi area of Kaduna State, left both players and officials in deep shock with some sustaining minor injuries and as well losing cash and valuables.
â€œThe NPL sympathise with the players and officials of Zamfara United over the robbery and as it stands now, the Zamfara vs Sunshine Stars match has been postponed till further notice,â€ announced Tunji Babalola of the NPL.