League Management Company (LMC) has punished Sunshine Stars with a heavy 1.5M fine and a 3-point deduction from their current points on the NPFL log for the attack on match officials after their goalless Matchday 8 game against Kano Pillars at the Akure Sports Complex.
One of the match officials was gashed on the temple by missiles thrown from the angry home fans who felt cheated.
A statement released by the LMC on NPFL.com on Friday, read: “An unprecedented application of the NPFL Framework and Rules, the LMC reviewed a series of past breaches of the rule by the club dating back to the 2014/2015 season for which varying sanctions, including monetary fines, playing without fans, ban of use of home ground and an order to identify for prosecution, supporters cited for acts of breach of security and or interference with match officials
“These repeated breaches constitute aggravated circumstances which are considered with a view towards imposing more severe sanctions. It is noted that despite the imposition of a range of corrective sanctions including fines, ‘closed door’ orders and stadium bans, Sunshine Stars has failed to curb these acts of disturbances and contempt for match officials which are capable of bringing the league to disrepute,” stated the notice to the club signed by Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer.
The ‘Owena Waves’ are to pay 1M to the LMC and the remaining 500,000 to the injured match official with the threat of another 3-point deduction should such violence reoccur.
Sunshine Stars have just 48 hours to respond to the sanction or appeal the judgement.
In that same vein, LMC requested that the three match officials that handled the above game be withdrawn by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from future NPFL matches for conducts capable of bringing the game to disrepute. The officials are the center referee, David Akure and assistant referees, Apine Emmanuel, and Lewis Gwantana. The LMC accused them of spreading gory pictures of an injured collegue while failing to properly note it in their match report.
In another decision, coach of Kwara United, Maji Muhammed and Katsina United’s Team Manager, Ganiyu Adeleke have both been suspended and banished from all NPFL centers for 10 matches. The duo had a physical confrontation and breached the code of conduct for club officials in their Matchday 8 clash.
However, the punishment of one-year ban slammed on some players and officials of FC Ifeanyi Ubah for their violence conduct at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja at the end of the 2016/17 Matchday 36 fixture has been lifted on the ground of good behavior.
The club officers are Chidi Nwogu (Secretary) and Obi Adirika (Kits Manager). The players are Isaac Loute, Wilson Elu, Godfrey Uchenna Jnr, and Michael Egbeta, Kone Soumaila, Ngoma Luamba, Stephen Eze, Adeleye Olamilekan and Nkrumah Douglas.