3 December 2012

Gambia: Football Fracas At Basse 17 Youths Arrested

Information gathered by this reporter has it that 17 youths were arrested at Basse following a controversy between Sabi FC fans and the referee.

According to eye witnesses, during a football match between Sabi FC and a Guinean team, the referee awarded a penalty to the Guinean team, which the spectators felt should have been a free kick.

The controversy led to a contradiction between one of the Sabi FC fans and the referee which led to that fan's arrest by the PIU. The rest of the fans are said to have subsequently approached the PIU who then released him.

However, eye witnesses say that soon after this there was stone throwing which led to spectators and the commissioner of police sustaining injuries.

Tear gas was used by the police in the commotion and, according to reliable reports, 17 youths were subsequently arrested.

When contacted by the by this reporter, the Commissioner of police indicated that he could not at the time comment on the matter till later.

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