The first vice President of Nigeria Football Federation Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has today revealed that Nigeria’s soccer ruling body is making plans To prosecute Fans Who Acts As Hooligans At Match Venues. Akinwunmi disclosed this while speaking at the Nigeria National League (NNL) Football Development Summit for Club Administrators and Media, in Abuja.
We at the NFF are doing as much as we can, within the ambit of the law. We are speaking with security agencies to support us in terms of enforcement and prosecution. “I can’t give a timeline for the eradication of this vice but we are working on it,’’ he said.
Akinwunmi who also doubles as the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association Also called on all stakeholders, and the general public to join the fight to eradicate hooliganism from football in Nigeria. “We need the help of everyone to educate the public and expose people who are serial instigators of this crime. “So, we need the support of everyone, including the media,’’ Akinwunmi added. “We also need to stop this attitude of win at all cost. Speaking further The sports administrator reiterated that Hooliganism has gone on for far too long and that if people are not careful, they will see themselves prosecuted in a short while.
Finally He also praised Nigeria National League for organizing the summit, adding that the clubs and their fans would be well educated on the negatives of such actions. “Sometimes, hooliganism is a product of ignorance. Some people feel that they are fighting for their right and the best way to do so is to become violent. “That is why we must educate the public and develop, thanks to this summit. Nigerian football must be abreast of the recent developments in football around the world He Concluded.