– asked to shell out $5M in compensation by victims
The war of words which escalated into a violent confrontation during the Pele/ Riddim Squad first round match in the Namilco Football Festival, where three fans received serious injuries, have reached serious proportions and the attorney of two of the injured men have since dispatched a letter to the General Secretary of the Guyana Football Federation, and Secretaries of the Conquerors Football Club, Lavern Fraser and the National Milling Company, respectively, seeking compensation for injuries incurred by his clients during the confrontation. Failing to compensate will see legal recourse being sought in the courts.
The two men, Eton Cordis and Hubert Gordon both received injuries to various parts of their bodies after they were attacked by what the attorney described as ‘a person known to the football authorities.’ The men have since been admitted to the Balwant Singh Hospital where they both underwent surgery to repair their injuries.
Many sections of the football fraternity are accusing football administrators of laxity since they have failed to provide adequate security for a match that falls under their auspices.
Football buffs are contending that such measures would have at least minimized violent incidences like the one in contention.
They said that this is not the first infraction involving the attacker and if the football authorities had been vigilant, the man would not have been admitted into the ground in the first place.
FIFA, the ruling football body has been known to punish unruly fans in the past and some international teams have even been forced to play to empty stands following sanctions by FIFA.
The tournament, which was put on hold, has been restarted and the attorney of the injured men is further demanding that the GFF administration take the necessary steps to install adequate security for the recommencement.
The correspondence, prepared by Attorney Joseph Harmon concludes, “Should these demands not be met within 10 days of the date hereto (October 29), my clients have given instructions to commence legal proceedings against all parties without further notice.”
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