Shooting Stars manager Rasheed Balogun was allegedly assaulted by Sunshine Stars at Akure Sunsh...
|Shooting Stars manager Rasheed Balogun was allegedly assaulted by Sunshine Stars at Akure|
Sunshine Stars have been slapped a total of over six million Naira in the violent fall-out of a Week 9 match against Shooting Stars after they were cited for failure to ensure adequate security leading to disruption of complete television broadcast coverage of the encounter.
In three separate charges, Sunshine Stars were cited for breaches of rules B6.23, C1 and B13.52 by the LMC and sanctioned under Rules B13.23 and B15.16 with fines of five million Naira and a suspended two points deduction for hindrance of broadcast towards the end of the match.
Sunshine Stars have also been fined N500, 000 for not controlling their Supporters from harassing and assaulting a visiting club’s official, while another fine of N750, 000 was levied on the Akure club for failure to ensure adequate security and allowing access to unauthorized persons to all restricted areas.
The LMC further ruled that “Sunshine Stars are required, within seven working days (i.e. not later than 5:00pm on Thursday 7th April, 2016), to identify and ensure apprehension and prosecution by the relevant security agencies, the persons who entered the VIP area and harassed/assaulted officials of the visiting team during their match against 3SC and the persons that harassed the TV broadcast crew leading to the stoppage of the television coverage, failure of which a fine of 25,000 Naira per day shall accrue, until such time the offenders are apprehended and charged to court.
The Akure Township Stadium has also been placed under close watch for the next three home games of Sunshine Stars to enable the league authorities observe security arrangement and general fans’ conduct to determine whether or not further sanctions will be imposed which may include stadium ban, closure to fans or banishment of the club to a neutral venue.