The 1-0 away victory of Heartland over Nasarawa United in Lafia was overshadowed by the violence witnessed at the Sagamu venue after the final whistle of the match between hosts Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance.
The Sunday afternoon match ended 1-1 for the teams that just returned to the elite league.
The home fans attacked the match officials with missiles as soon as the game ended and they headed for the dressing rooms. Journalists on ground confirmed to Extrasportsnigeria.com that the fans were irked by the cancellation of a late goal they deemed should have counted.
The proprietor of Remo Stars Kunle Soname apologised to Nigerians afterwards via a social media platform.
He wrote: “It is very regrettable, there is no reason whatsoever why a human being should lay a finger on another. There is already a manhunt for the fellow that assaulted the ref and we will make sure he faces the consequences of his actions.
“Maybe I shouldn’t also have granted the interview after the match. I will share the video of an 88th minute winner that was cancelled. Football is an emotional game but we must learn to put our emotions in check.”
There was also assault on the referee in Jos last week as the much delayed Nigerian league kicked off.
In some other games played on Sunday Wikki Tourists and Tornadoes played 1-1 draw and Kano Pillars forced Akwa United to 1-1 in a match played in Kano.
NPFL MATCHDAY 3 RESULTS
Wikki 2-1 Tornadoes
Kwara United 3-2 Enyimba
Remo Stars 1-1 Insurance
Go Round 0-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Kano Pillars 1-1 Akwa United
Kada City 2-1 Gombe United
Nasarawa United 0-1 Heartland
Plateau Utd 2-0 El-Kanemi