Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed worry over the spate of violence in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The NPFL has experience a rather worrisome start, with attacks on referees, while a coach was kidnapped.
Just as the 2019 season of the NPFL was to kickoff, Katsina United FC head coach Abdullahi Usman Biffo was kidnapped around Katsina – Zaria expressway but news of his abduction was made public after two weeks.
After over two weeks in captivity, the Coach regained his freedom on Wednesday afternoon after a ransom of N15 Million was reportedly paid to his abductors on Sunday.
In the Macthday one of the NPFL played on January 13, centre referee Sam Agba was attacked during a tie between Plateau United and Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi at the new Jos Stadium.
Another of such attack happened in Sagamu during a NPFL game between newly promoted sides – Remo Stars and Insurance.
The League Management Company has since slammed Remo Stars with a N6 million fine.
With these disturbing incidents, Rohr, in an exclusive chat with Bounce News, has now sued for peace.
“It is a big problem of violence around the (NPFL) football, I only can ask all the people to be fair play.
“Play football in such a wonderful game that its not a moment or place to make violence. We have to respect not only the rules, but also the people, the opponents, the referees and the football.
“We have a wonderful spirit in our national team, and I think they are giving a good example for fair play. Violence is not good and they support us, so fans must be able to follow football without violence.”