Chelsea’s loss in last weekend’s English Premier League match against Manchester City almost resulted in the death of three football fans.
A report on allafrica.com revealed that the three persons who were involved in the altercation in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, sustained various degrees of injuries after fans both English clubs engaged in a free-for-all.
The online medium reports with reference to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the fans of the rival clubs had staked about N40, 000, which was expected to be pocketed by the winning side, but trouble brewed when the Chelsea fan, who was in possession of the money, absconded from the viewing centre.
The manager of the viewing centre, identified as Chidi Onyejegbu, told NAN that the fan eloped when it was apparent that ‘The Blues’ had lost the match.
“It was a planned act by the Chelsea fans because they all left the viewing centre unnoticed while the City fans were still busy watching the telecast of the match.
“A heated argument ensued when they hooked up, leading eventually led to a fight that left two Chelsea and a City fan with injuries,” Onyejegbu was quoted to have said.
Some persons at the drinking joint, who helped to restore sanity and ensured that the City fans got their bounty, therefore counseled the injured to seek medical attention at their own expense, pointing out that any involvement of police could escalate the matter.
On his part, the Chelsea fan, who ran away with the money, told NAN that he absconded deliberately.
“We won a bet against them when Man City lost to FC Barcelona of Spain in an UEFA Champions League knockout match last season, but they absconded with the money.
“I decided to release this money to them because the mediators explained that it was another set of city fans that absconded with our money on that faithful day,” he explained on the condition of anonymity.
Chris Anyanwu, the Ebonyi Police Public Relations Officer, told NAN that the police did not receive any official.
Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, blamed his defenders for conceding cheap second half goals, which resulted in the eventual capitulation of his side in their week two encounter of the newly-started EPL season.