NPFL: Sunshine Stars Risk Sanctions Over Alleged Attack On Referee
Monetary fines and banishment from their base in Akure are some of the sanctions that could be melted out on Sunshine Stars FC if they are found culpable in the alleged attack unleashed on match officials that handled their weekend game against Kano Pillars.
Reports claim that fans of the Akure Gunners attacked center referee, Damian Akure who had Emmanuel Apine and Lewis Gwantana as his Assistants in Sunday's NPFL Match Day 8 tie.
However, the media officer for Sunshine, Chris Okunnuwa has debunked insinuations of an attack even though he admitted that a fan threw an object at the referee which may have wounded him.
He said: “Honestly the referees were not attacked or assaulted physically, there was no way that would have happened anyway due to the heavy security presence on ground for the Sunshine Stars - Kano Pillars game.
“But truly a water object was thrown from the crowd towards the officials on their way to the dressing room after the game and that could have caught the injured official. I know the Club won't shy away from taken responsibility for this.
“Shame it appeared the way it is already but in truth the referees were not assaulted save for the object thrown by a spectator in the crowd and last time I checked serious efforts were already on to fish out the object thrower and bring him to book.
“I am saying this with all level of assurance and certainty no one will attack referee(s) this season and beyond in Akure with the measures on ground and the fans education.”
It is understood that the League Management Company, LMC is awaiting the official report from its Match Commissioner for the game before taking a position on the matter.
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