16 Nov 2009

Solomons' football chiefs call for spectators to refrain from violence following riot

8:13 pm on 16 November 2009

The Solomon Islands Football Federation is appealing to the public to refrain from violence, after rioting broke out at a match over the weekend.

A Solomons Cup match between Honiara and Malaita ended early after rioters threw rocks on the field, following a ruling by the referee against Malaita.

Eddie Ngava, the SIFF General Secretary says an administration building was also burnt down at the ground, but says that was by people from outside taking advantage of the situation.

"We've appealed to the public by print media and broadcast media to refrain from going into violence. Especially that this is a national competition that is held every two years where the provinces take pride in their teams and the spectators should be taking pride by cheering and not jeering and try and refrain from all this violence."

Eddie Ngava.

The Solomon Islands Police are investigating the incident and say 14 people have so far been arrested.