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Monday, 23 June 2014

Brazil Police Stop Nigerian Supporters from Entering the Stadium with Drums For the 2nd Time


 For the second time in one week, the Federal Police in Brazil on Saturday stopped members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club from entering the stadium with their drums.
Last Monday, the policemen attach to the Arena Baixada in Curitiba where Nigeria played her first match, stopped the supporters club members from going into the stadium with their drums and trumpets, but the club’s President General Worldwide Dr. Rafiu Ladipo later told reporters that he has struck a deal with FIFA to allow the Nigerian supporters access into the match venue with their musical instruments.

“Our complaint to FIFA and the Local Organising Committee, LOC, was that if hosts Brazil were allowed to sing and drum during their matches, there was no reason Nigeria’s supporters and those of other countries present should not be allowed to do the same.

“Moreover, the Eagles had complained of our absence during their first group match against Iran and had pleaded with us to be present in their subsequent matches,” Ladipo had said.

But Daily Trust observed that members of the supporters club, who arrived Pantanal Stadium in Cuiaba in the second half of the Nigeria versus Bosnia Herzegovina match after 24 hours trip by road, were only allowed to go in with the trumpets, leaving behind the drums.

Efforts to get Dr. Ladipo for reaction proved abortive as he was nowhere to be found, even as his telephone line was not reachable at the time of this report.
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