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Super Nawettan championship suspended after renewed violence

Dec 9, 2013, 9:41 AM | Article By: Lamin Cham

Following repeated violent incidents in the last few days, the authorities have on Saturday ordered the suspension of all Super Nawettan matches until further notice, reliable sources told The Point.

The decision to put on hold all action in this biggest and most popular football tournament came after rival fans clashed in Banjul leading to injuries on Thursday, and much recently when match officials came under attack in Brikama as Banjul play Lamin, which also degenerated into full-scale violence causing the match to be stopped.

Contacted for comments on the move to stop the Super Nawettan, GFF President Mustapha Kebbeh said in the last few days, after the Banjul incident, his office in consultation with the ministry of Sports, the office of the IGP and the Super Nawettan organizing committee, have put in place stringent measures to prevent similar occurrences, but everything began to happen again, with renewed clashes in Brikama on Saturday.

‘‘We do not want a situation where people may lose their lives or sustain grave injuries in the name of football. That is not the purpose of any sport, and so we have decided to put the tournament on a hold until further notice’’ Kebbeh told The Point.

Meanwhile, according the GFF president, an emergency meeting would be held Sunday evening where a review would be made of what happened, and views and concrete suggestions made as to the way forward, which would determine the fate of this tournament and future editions.