The League Management Company (LMC) have banished Sunshine Stars from their base in Akure to the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode while the club's goalkeeper, David Ariyo, bagged a 12-match suspension.
This was announced by LMC on their official website on Tuesday.
The decision to sanction Sunshine Stars was as a result of the unruly behaviour of their players, officials and fans in their 2-1 home loss to Plateau United in a matchday 23 Nigeria Professional Football League game in Akure, despite the game being played behind closed doors as a result of a previous sanction.
Sunshine Stars home games in Ijebu Ode will be also played behind closed doors until the LMC is satisfied that the club can guarantee security at their games and also control the unruly supporters.
The decision by the LMC also included a total fine of N1m for various other rule breaches by the club.
For failure to control the players in breach of Rule C9, the club was fined N750,000 while another fine of N250,000 was imposed on the club as compensation to the assaulted Assistant Referee pursuant Rule C12 and this will be in addition to payment of any additional certified medical expenses incurred by the Referee.
A statement by the LMC on Tuesday reads: “In view of the breach of the ‘closed door’ order, and upon consideration of the provisions of Rule B4.7 (Overriding considerations and general public interest), an order is hereby made moving Sunshine Stars to the Otunba Dipo Dina, Stadium, Ijebu-Ode for its home matches henceforth and until further notice.
“You are in breach of Rule C9 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017, in the course of your Match Day 23 Fixture: Sunshine Stars FC vs Plateau United FC, you failed to control your players when they accosted the Assistant Referee and assaulted him.
“You are in breach of Rule C184.108.40.206 of the Framework and Rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League, in that on Wednesday, 7th June, 2017, in the course of your Matchday 23 Fixture: Sunshine Stars FC vs. Plateau United FC, you breached the order that your match be played behind closed doors when some spectators entered the stadium and also harassed match officials."
The LMC reiterated that Sunshine Stars must be seen to have complied with earlier orders for the club’s home matches to be played behind closed doors and the requirement for revised and satisfactory safety and security measures to be put in place before the Akure Township Stadium is re-admitted to host NPFL matches.
The LMC further warned the club that should there be similar breaches or disturbances, the suspended three points deduction will be implemented.