Sunshine Stars Fined, Banished To Lagos

Sharks FC and Sunshine Stars have been sanctioned by the League Management Company (LMC) following separate incidents in Lafia and Akure that led to disruption of their respective Match Day 36 fixtures on Sunday.

The LMC fined Sharks N3,000,000 and Sunshine Stars N5,000,000 with further sanctions that also included Stadium ban and banishment to neutral venue for Sunshine Stars.

For pitch invasion by Supporters Club of Sunshine Stars in their match against Lobi Stars in Akure which is in violation of Article B13.22, the Supporters have been banned for the rest of the 2014/15 Glo Premer League for persistent disorderly behavior having been previously warned about such behavior in the Match Day 29 fixture against Nasarawa United.

The LMC charge and decision read, “a fine of Five Million Naira (N5, 000, 000) payable to the LMC within 14 days for encroachment onto the field of play by supporters of Sunshine Stars FC, causing the discontinuation of the match in breach of article B13.19”.

For breach of Article B13.21, Sunshine Stars have also been banished to Lagos for their next three home matches while the disrupted match against Lobi Stars will be concluded in Abuja on November 11. Sunshine will thus play their rescheduled Match Day 34 fixture against Rangers and 38 fixture against Enyimba at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The Akure Township Stadium has also been banned from hosting matches of the NPFL for one year.

The Akure club was also found in violation of article C10 and was ordered to pay the sum of N250, 000 to the Match Referee who was assaulted by the fans and another N250, 000 to the Cameraman of Lobi Stars FC who was also assaulted.

Sharks was sanctioned for the disruption by its players of Match Day 36 fixture in Lafia against Nasarawa United. Sharks players had refused to continue the match after the Referee awarded a penalty to Nasarawa United and was thus fined N3, 000, 0000, ducked three points from the total points won in the season while the three points and three goals for the abandoned game has been awarded to Nasarawa United.

Sharks General Manager, Chief Okey Kpalukwu was cited for breach of clause 1 of the code of conduct for Club Officials, Appendix E of the Framework and Rules and fined N250, 000. The LMC further reprimanded the club official for failure to properly control his players when they abandoned the match against Nasarawa United which is in breach of article C1 of the league Framework and Rules.

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