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Bendel Insurance FC Supporters Club is Nigeria’s most disciplined club, Edo deputy governor says

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Philip Shaibu, Edo’s Deputy Governor, has described the fans and supporters of Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin as the most disciplined group in the country.

Shaibu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Benin that the club’s followers do not allow their passion to overflow into anger which would lead to violence.

“Even though the fans and members of the Supporters Club are passionate about the `Benin Arsenal’, they will never be driven by anger to violence.

“There may be lots of anxious moments during a match when they sense bad officiating, but one good thing about Bendel Insurance FC fans is that they understand and will never disrupt the match or become violent,’’ he said.

The deputy governor, who is a registered player of the Benin-based clubside, pointed out that this was part of the results of the rebranding which has taken place in the club.

“We all know that every Nigerian fan is either a coach or a referee, but the good thing about our fans at Bendel Insurance FC is that we have been able to create an awareness to the extent that the average fan’s anger is moderated in the sense that nobody throws stones or objects into the field of play.

“The highest act of disturbance one can see is that they (the fans) can be shouting just to ease the anger. But it won’t get to the extent of throwing fistcuffs and throwing stones.

“Just like it happened during a match recently, there was a player coming in and fans were shouting `No!’ `No!’, which translates to the fact that they didn’t want the player to come into the game.

“But the coach knew why he was bringing him in, and when the particular player got into the field, with one or two deft touches the fans changed their tune.

“However, I was happy that even when the fans said no, I was watching to see if the coach would change his mind but he didn’t change his mind and nothing violent or unpleasant happened,” he said.

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