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Kano Pillars has defended captain Rabiu Ali as they condemn violence that broke out in a Nigeria Professional Football League Super 6 tie against Rangers on Monday.

Fans, believed to be Pillars' invaded the pitch after the final whistle, protesting against a penalty awarded and converted by Enugu Rangers.

The game ended 1-1, after which the angry fans started throwing sticks and other dangerous objects.

In a press statement signed by spokesman Rilwanu Idris Malikawa, Pillars described the incident as unfortunate and unsporting.

Pillars further stated that their fans are yet to arrive from Kano and that the crowd trouble was “by some gangs that don’t want the progress of Kano Pillars because they see it clearly that the club will be champions this season.”

“Kano Pillars fans are the most disciplined which made the NFF to award them the Best Behaved Fans Club Award and so the fans yesterday at the Agege stadium are not truly supporters of the club,” part of the statement read.

Pillars stoutly defender skipper Rabiu Ali, saying his actions after the match were misunderstood.

“He was not fighting the referee, he was just agitating that he blew the final whistle when the time was not up,” the club defended,.

“Rabiu Ali is one of the best behaved players in the Nigeria league.”

Pillars also urged host football association Lagos State FA to step up security at the match venue.