Crown Football Club of Ogbomoso will play the remainder of their home matches outside their home ground, the Soun Township Stadium.
This follows the decision of the Nigeria National League, NNL to banish the team from its traditional home ground as a result of incessant crowd violence and frequent assaults on match officials in recent time.
The National League management banished Crown FC to Abeokuta, and this means their
two home games against Papilo FC of Owerri and My People FC of Lagos will
be played in Abeokuta.
NNL also rules that the Soun Township Stadium will not host any NNL game
for the next two years.
Official reports received by the league management body indicts supporters
and officials of Crown FC in the assault of match referees as well as players and officials of their opponents, in match day 29 fixture in the Southern Conference against Abia Comets.
The supporters of Crown were reported to have descended on the match officials and beat them up with security personnel watching helplessly.
The uniform of the Centre Referee was torn and the stop watches of the three officials were destroyed.
Crown have been ordered to pay the following sums of money in line with
article 26 of the rules governing the League:
1. the sum of N2, 000.000, 00 (Two million naira) for beating match officials and the away team.
2. N1, 500,000 as compensations to match officials on items damaged as well as for two Cameras of Abia Comets destroyed.
3. N500,000.00 (Five hundred thousand) as medical bills for match officials, Abia Comets Players and officials assaulted.
Furthermore, the Team Manager of Crown FC, Mr Adetunde Adewunmi and their
Physio, Mr.Alabi Jonathan are suspended indefinitely from all NNL activities, both are to also appear before the NNL Compliance Unit on Wednesday 27th of September, 2017.
Both Messrs Adetunde Adewunmi and Alabi Jonathan went to the referees and rained abuses on him and in the process assaulted him.
NNL management has equally mandated the Oyo State Association and Crown FC
management to produce the assailants involved in the attack on match officials and to ensure they are brought before the NNL Compliance vision, before their next home game.