Sunshine Stars ahas been sanctioned by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) for breaches of Rule B13.52 and Rule B13.18 of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Framework and Rules. The club is to pay a total fine of ₦1m with a warning of possible closure of the stadium to fans should there be a repeat of the breach.
In a Summary Jurisdiction notice sent to the Akure based club, the IMC said findings from a review of Match Officials report on the MatchDay 13 fixture against Rangers indicted the club for failure to provide adequate security and implement effective crowd control.
Sunshine Stars was also found in breach of Rule B.13:18 as some of their supporters threw objects unto the field of play, targeting players and match officials, which resulted in the disruption of the match.
The club was fine ₦500,000 each on the two counts and an order to implement more effective security measures as a reoccurrence may lead to a closure of the Akure Township Stadium, in addition to any other appropriate sanction.
The fine must be paid within 14 days failing which additional sanctions may be imposed in line with the dictates of the NPFL Framework and Rules.
Sunshine Stars however retains the right in accordance with Rule C26, to within 48 hours of the date of the notice, to either submit to the summary jurisdiction and the sanctions or elect to be dealt with by a disciplinary panel.