NPFL: Remo Stars Get N6m Fine Over Crowd Violence
With N6m, newly-promoted Remo Stars Football Club should be able to get some decent players that would help them stay afloat in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
However, the club will be spending that humongous sum on fines as they have been hit hard with punishments from the League Management Company following the crowd violence that greeted their match day 3 clash with fellow newly-promoted side, Bendel Insurance.
In a statement on its website on Monday night, the LMC said after deliberations on reports and evidence from the attack on match officials by supporters of Remo Stars FC last Sunday, they have fined the club a total of N6m and directed that the club play its next three home matches in Osogbo, Osun State.
Chairman of Remo Stars FC, Hon. Kunle Soname was also banned from further participation in the next three NPFL matches and fined N1 million for granting a media interview in which he made comments that brought the league to disrepute.
Mr Soname was also charged for conducts and utterances that did not show positive example to players and supporters.
Also charged and sanctioned is the club’s Team Manager, Mr Yinka Ajayi who has been suspended for the rest of the season from all NPFL matches.
The LMC also ruled that Remo Stars stand to forfeit three points should such an incident occur again during the season while the club was also directed to assist relevant security agencies to apprehend and prosecute two of their supporters identified as Akintan Yinka and Zico.
The sanctions are a fall-out of the pitch invasion and attack on match officials at the end of the Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance match which ended 1-1.
Remo Stars have been ordered to ensure that “measures are immediately put in place to forestall future similar occurrence (including but not limited to an approved revised security plan, seminar/programme for supporters, issuance of seat-numbered tickets, etc.)”.
The club has also been directed to, within seven days, ensure the apprehension and prosecution by the relevant security agencies of the persons identified as Akintan Yinka and ‘Zico’ who were reported to have led the assault on the Match Officials, as well as other persons who participated in the assault on Match Officials; upon failure of which a fine of N25,000.00 (Twenty Five Thousand Naira only) per day shall accrue, until such time as the culprits are apprehended and charged to court.
The sanctions were contained in a letter to the club signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar and the club has been asked to respond in writing within 48 hours indicating acceptance of the decisions or electing to appear before a commission.
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