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Plateau United calls on LMC to sanction Heartland FC over attack on its players



Management of the Nigerian Professional Football League Champions, Plateau United Football Club of Jos has condemned in strong terms the physical assault meted out to its players and officials by supporters of Heartland FC of Owerri and has called on the League Management Company to sanction the club to serve as deterrent to others.

It was gathered that the incident occurred after their week 17 fixture at the Dan Anyiam stadium on Monday (yesterday).

The club through its Media Officer, Albert Dakup, said the action of the Heartland supporters did not come to the team as a surprise in view of the earlier threat made by them.

Dakup who described the action as, “highly condemnable”, explained that the action of the supporters negates all basic rule of human existence in the 21 century.

While lamenting the inhuman and barbaric manner the centre referee, Yusuf Garba was manhandled by the disgruntled supporters, the Media Officer noted that, “if such trend is not properly sanctioned by the League Management Company LMC, such unacceptable acts will continue unabated”.

He disclosed that while this shameful act was being perpetrated, ” The Management of Heartland FC and the Imo State Football Association did nothing to protect the match officials, especially the centre referee, Yusuf Garba who was beaten to plump after been hit by dangerous objects”.

He further revealed that, while the match officials were receiving the beatings of their lives, “Management of Heartland FC did little or nothing to protect the players and management of Plateau United who were been chased round the field by the home supporters.

Apart from the injury inflicted on Peter Eneji, the team’s Cameraman, Jonah Dadyiam and Dan Kakwi were also assaulted and one of the team’s cameras and some officials feeding money of over N250, 000 got missing in the process.

“The Team Manager of Plateau United, Abel Iliya was not spared from the attack as he was chased by the angry supporters and lost his Samsung Galaxy x7 mobile phone in the process before he was rescued by some management of Plateau United and some security operatives who were mobilised to the stadium.

“As if that was not enough, Head Coach, Kennedy Boboye, who was also attacked by the hoodlums at the stadium, was also attacked for the second time on his way to Portharcourt by the same persons hitting him hard at the back and had to be rushed to the hospital before he was revived.

“It is interesting to note that no single person from the management of Heartland or the Imo State FA came to see Plateau United at the hotel to sympathized with them over the dastardly acts.

“If not for the timely intervention of an Assistant Commissioner of Police who led a team of his men to Plateau United’s hotel, the team would have been attacked by these hoodlums masquerading as supporters.

“The Management of Plateau United Football Club is therefore using this medium to appeal to the League Management Company to invoke the relevant section of its framework on Heartland in order to serve as a deterrent to others while those arrested should be made to face the full wrath of the law”.

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If you want to win trophies, Leave Tottenham, Ibrahimovic tells Harry Kane




Former Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Tottenham Hotspur star, Harry Kane to leave Spurs, which according to him is a normal club, if he want to win trophies.

Kane, who is currently sidelined due to injury, is expected to return to training in March.

The 25-year-old injured his ankle ligaments at the end of Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in a Premier League encounter last week after a collision with Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof.

Ibrahimovic, who has represented the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Inter Milan, believes the time has come for Kane to leave Tottenham in pursuit of silverware.

“When I was in England, I saw him [Kane] play, I think he is a good striker,” the La Galaxy striker told Bethard.

“He’s still developing, he’s doing good things. But I always say, playing in a big club, performing good is different from playing in – with all due respect to Tottenham – a ‘normal’ club.

“Performing there is a different situation, because I saw players do the same thing, but when they go to a big club something is different.

“I think he can make it. He just needs to make the move and people will remember you for what you win and. In the end, he needs to win.

“If he wants to win, I think he needs to change. I think Tottenham has a great team but they’re not at the level to win everything, even if they’ve got a fantastic coach.”

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New Barcelona signing, Boateng to wear No 19




The 31-year-old Ghanian Star, kevin-Prince Boateng has been reported to have accepted to waer the number 19 shirt previously worn by El Haddadi, Lucas Digne and Sandro Ramirez, uniquesports reports.

Boateng completed a €2million move to Barcelona from Serie A side, Sassuolo, on Monday and was unveiled on Tuesday at the Camp Nou.

The deal includes an €8million option for Barcelona to buy the former Tottenham and Portsmouth star if he impresses.

Boateng will stay in Spain until the end of the season.

Speaking after his unveiling, Boateng told reporters: “It’s a big dream come true. It’s a big honour for me to be here.”

Boateng will hope to feature for Barcelona when they tackle Girona on Sunday in the La Liga fixture.

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Sala’s father, mother cries out over missing Cardiff striker




Cardiff City striker, Emiliano Sala’s mother and father have confirmed that their son was on board a plane that went missing from the English Channel on Monday night.

Sala was on the light aircraft that disappeared from radar on Monday night while apparently flying from Nantes to Cardiff.

The 28-year-old was announced as a new signing for Premier League club Cardiff City on Saturday, signing a three-and-a-half year deal, for a club record fee believed to be around £10 million.

Sala’s father, Horatio, told Argentine TV station Channel 5 News on Tuesday: “A friend told me the situation of my son, I did not know anything, I’m in Rosario, I’m desperate, I hope everything goes well.”

His mother, Mercedes, added: “The plane is from the President of Cardiff City FC, they informed us that the plane had disappeared and that they were looking for it.”

Meanwhile, Cardiff City chairman, Mehmet Dalman said in a statement on Tuesday through the club’s official website that the light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night.

Dalman said: “We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night.

“We are very concerned about the safety of Emiliano Sala.

“We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further.”

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