Police teargas protesting players
Posted: 11 March 2009 Time: 18:16
Protesting Nasarawa United players were on Wednesday tear gassed by police in Lafia as they took to the streets to protest a back log of unpaid sign-on fees and bonuses.
The players blocked the main road leading to the Government House in Lafia ahead of a state Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday to press their claims. Unfortunately, the governor is said to have travelled to Abuja and the Exco meeting did not hold. Anti-riot policemen were called in and used tear gas to disperse the players, who have now resolved to take further drastic steps to get their monies paid. "Our next plan of action may be to boycott matches, starting with our next game against Gombe United," one player told KickOffNigeria.com after the incident. "But the players will have to meet again to decide on that and other actions to be taken. "We have not been paid a single kobo of our sign-on fees, and about 7 match bonuses are outstanding. "Even sometimes, when we travel for away games, they owe us our feeding allowance, or even cut it. "We have been held hostage by the hotel in Nasarawa on the day of a game because they owed hotel bills."