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Sunshine Stars banished to Ijebu Ode, David Ariyo gets 12-match ban

7:28 PM GMT 13/06/2017
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Following their boisterous behaviour against Plateau United, the Owena Whales have been kicked out of Akure by the league organisers

The League Management Company has exiled Sunshine Stars to the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode – where they will play their home games.

The action was taken with other financial punishment against the Akure based side in the wake of their disruptive act when they lost 2-1 at home to Plateau United.

Even at this, the games will be played under closed doors until the league body is sure that they can guarantee security at its games and control their supporters.

''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,’’ LMC wrote on their website.

Goalkeeper David Ariyo was banned for 12 matches for assaulting one of the match officials in that encounter – which violates Rule C11 of the NPFL Framework and Rules.

“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 C1.2.1.6 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.’’

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 and it will be in addition to payment of any additional certified medical expenses incurred by the referee.

The Owena Whales are in danger of relegating from the Nigeria topflight as they sit in 17th position with 27 points from 24 games.