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Fiji Football Warns Fans

The Fiji Football Association has called on fans not to vent their frustration on district officials. Fiji FA vice-president Tarunesh Reddy made the comments after Lautoka fought back to beat
19 Feb 2018 14:05
Fiji Football Warns Fans
A frustrated Lautoka fan (left) confronts coach Kamal Swamy (right) during the halftime of the Vodafone Premier League clash on February 18, 2018. At this stage Lautoka was behind Suva by 1-0. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Fiji Football Association has called on fans not to vent their frustration on district officials.

Fiji FA vice-president Tarunesh Reddy made the comments after Lautoka fought back to beat Suva 2-1 in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka yesterday.

In a tense match a frustrated fan attacked Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy as he made his way to the dressing room during halftime. The Blues were trailing Suva 1-0.

“The message to the fans around Fiji who watches football is that we will not tolerate any sort of ill-discipline,” Reddy said.

“The fans can cheer on their teams but should not come drunk to the stadium and should not hassle the coach which is totally unacceptable.
“We have seen here in Lautoka that some fans tried to attack coach Kamal Swamy which is uncalled for.”

Reddy said they would assess the situation before taking out strict measures.

What happened: Suva had a grand start and drew first blood in the third minute when Vodafone Fijian football captain Remueru Tekiata slotted in their goal from a free kick.

Halftime: Lautoka 0 – 1 Suva.

The Blues regrouped but could not find any opening in the Suva defence but maintained on the pressure.

Lautoka captain Dave Radrigai laid a neat pass to striker Benjamin Totori at the edge of the box, and he dribbled his way through two Suva defenders before placing the ball past goalkeeper Emori Ragata who had come in to replace Simione Tamanisau.

The Blues upped the tempo, and in the 84th minute a neat through pass from Samuela Drudru found Totori who made no mistake with his place kick.

Comments: Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy said: “We were unfortunate to concede a goal early as we had issues with our midfielders.

“The message in the second spell was to play to the final whistle. We did not use the flanks in the first half and we began to push forward.”

Suva coach Riaz Ali said: “We were simply down after the equaliser and did not find the rhythm.

“The boys did slack off which was costly to us. We will regroup and come back firing in the next match.”

Lautoka striker Benjamin Totori (middle) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against Suva in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka on February 18, 2018.    Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Lautoka striker Benjamin Totori (middle) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against Suva in the Vodafone Premier League clash at Churchill Park, Lautoka on February 18, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

– Edited by Leone  Cabenatabua

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