OFC has condemned the actions of a group of spectators who stormed the field at Municipal Stadium in Port Vila on Saturday shortly before the final whistle of the Tafea FC vs. Lautoka O-League match.
Reports out of Port Vila suggest that a number of the 3000 spectators ran onto the playing pitch following Lautoka’s third goal in the 86th minute, forcing local officials to end the match prematurely.
OFC General Secretary Tai Nicholas says that an investigation will be opened into the matter.
“There was a security breach shortly before the final whistle where spectators ran onto the field of play. Regretfully, there were also reports of physical altercations between spectators, players and match officials but we can confirm that match officials and players are safe,” said Nicholas.
“OFC takes the matter of security very seriously and we are disappointed to hear of this latest incident. A full and thorough investigation will be opened immediately including a review of the television footage from Municipal Stadium. Those found responsible will be held accountable for their actions.”
The Group B match ended 3-1 in favour of the visiting Lautoka side. Meanwhile Hekari United FC beat Marist 4-1 in Honiara to claim top spot in the group, finishing one point clear of Lautoka, and will progress to the 2010 O-League Final.