Nigeria Professional Football league, NPFL, side Sunshine Stars will now play their home games in Ijebu Ode, at the Dipo Dina stadium, after been banished from Akure by the League Management Company, LMC, for breaching rules C9 and C.18.104.22.168 of the league’s Framework and Rules.
The Akure based side were ordered to play behind closed doors, but breached that order when they failed to control their fans and players during the 1-2 loss to league leaders Plateau United on June 7.
In a statement released by the LMC on its official website, the league governing body revealed that goalkeeper, David Ariyo, had also been handed a 12-match ban, while warning Sunshine Stars against further breaches, which would lead to the implementation of the suspended three points deduction.
“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 statement said.
“You are in breach of Rule C22.214.171.124 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 breached the order that your match be played behind closed doors when some spectators entered the stadium and also harassed match officials,” concluded the statement.
The Owena Waves were also fined to the tune of one million naira, meant for compensation and payment of medical expenses incurred by match officials who were attacked.