The League Management Company (LMC) has slammed a N6m fine on newly promoted Remo Stars and directed that the club play its next three home matches in Oshogbo, Osun State.
Remo Stars supporters invaded the pitch after their first league game at home ended 1-1 against Bendel Insurance and beat match officials in the process injured one of them.
A statement on the LMC website reads, “Chairman of Remo Stars FC, Hon. Kunle Soname was also banned from further participation in the next three Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches and fined N1 million for granting a media interview in which he made comments that brought the league to disrepute.
“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.
“Remo Stars stands to forfeit three points should such 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 match which ended 1-1.
“The six-count charge by the LMC ranged from access to restricted area by unauthorised persons and blocking match officials from accessing the dressing room (B13.52), encroachment onto the field of play immediately after the match (Rule B13.18), throwing of objects including stones towards the match officials, failure to provide adequate security for match officials when they were attacked by the club’s supporters (B8.21) and conduct of officials and supporters of the club in the disturbances capable of bringing the game to disrepute.
“Mr. Soname was charged for breaches of Appendix E1.1 of the Code of conduct for club officials and Appendix E1.5.”
This will be the second time supporters had invaded the pitch this season to assault officials. The first was Plateau United in their league opener.