13 Jun, 17:59
The League Management Company has banished Nigeria Professional Football League club Sunshine Stars from their home stadium for their inability to control fans.
Sunshine Stars were to play their Matchday 23 fixture against Plateau United behind closed doors, but fans were seen inside the stadium.
They will now play their home matches at the Dipo Dina stadium in Ijebu Ode until further notice.
Also, Sunshine Stars will be without their first choice goalkeeper David Ariyo for 12 consecutive matches. They will also pay a fine of N1 million.
In the summary jurisdiction notice issued the club, the LMC charged, “You are in breach of Rule C9 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017, in the course of your Match Day 23 Fixture: Sunshine Stars FC vs Plateau United FC, you failed to control your players when they accosted the Assistant Referee and assaulted him.”
The second charge against Sunshine Stars read, “You are in breach of Rule C184.108.40.206 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017, in the course of your Matchday 23 Fixture: Sunshine Stars FC vs. Plateau United FC, you breached the order that your match be played behind closed doors when some spectators entered the stadium and also harassed match officials.
For failure to control the players in breach of Rule C9, the club was fined N750,000 while another fine of N250,000 was imposed on the club as compensation to the assaulted Assistant Referee pursuant Rule C12 and this will be in addition to payment of any additional certified medical expenses incurred by the Referee.
Recently, Austin Eguavoen resigned his appointment as coach of the Akure Gunners who have lost their last three matches.