A 28-year-old Leicester City fan allegedly stabbed his friend – a Chelsea fan at a viewing centre in Hausawa area of Madalla, Niger State over match bet.
An eyewitness said the incident happened on Saturday, October 15th, during Premier League football match between Chelsea and Leicester City Football Club, which ended 3-0 in favour of Chelsea FC.
An argument is said to have ensued between the accused identified as Nasiru Yahaya, a fan of Leicester City and the victim, Aliyu Saidu, who supported Chelsea Football Club.
The two friends had betted N500 on the match, but when Chelsea eventually won the match, the accused refused to give the victim N500.
He said the argument resulted into a fight and the accused allegedly ran to a nearby shop, carried a bottle, broke it and stabbed his friend in his hands and back. He fled the scene but was later arrested by vigilantes and handed over to the police.
The injured victim was taken to a clinic in the area where he is currently receiving treatment.
A member of a vigilante, who confirmed the incident, said that the family of the accused later went to the police station along with the family of the victim to resolve the matter after the accused had accepted to foot the medical bill of the injured man.
A similar incidence had occurred in Mumbai, India in March between two Nigerian friends. 34-year-old Obinna Durumchukwu was allegedly stabbed to death by his inebriated roommate and fellow countryman Michael Chukwuma, following a heated argument over whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s best footballer.
Michael argued that the Barcelona star is the best player in the world while Obinna maintained it was Real Madrid’s Ronaldo. The argument turned ugly when Obinna allegedly hurled an empty glass liquor bottle at Michael.
The bottle missed Michael, hit a wall and smashed into pieces. Michael then picked up a glass piece and slashed Obinna’s neck and he died on the spot.
Neighbours who heard the screams alerted the Tuling police, who arrested Michael.