Sunshine Stars apologises to Balogun, Fulani
The management of Sunshine Stars of Akure has dissociated the club from the ‘embarrassing’ harassment of two 3SC officials, Rasheed Balogun and Dan Fulani, saying the incident by friends of a former Shooting Stars’ player, Femi Ojo, during their Week Six game, has nothing to do with the Akure club.
According to Sunshine Stars, “what happened was a personal issue between the management of Shooting Stars and their former player, Femi Ojo, who claimed the Ibadan Club owed him money.
“Someone allegedly identified as one of Femi Ojo’s friends ran into the VIP box during the game and started pulling 3SC’s General Coordinator, Mr. Dan Fulani, demanding that the said money be paid, the incident caught the security personnel and our stewards unawares but they reacted quickly and took the man out of the match venue and the situation was brought under control in less than a minute.
“Femi Ojo and his friends again accosted 3SC’s General Manager, Mr. Balogun, after the game and it took the intervention of our Club President, Akin Akinbobola, Vice-President, Lateef Fabunmi, Chairman Ondo State FA, Otunba Dele Ajayi and our stewards to resolve the situation.”
The club added: “However, we want to use this opportunity to apologize to the management of Shooting Stars Sports Club, the League Management Company and other stakeholders as the incident happened on our turf and we have no other choice than take responsibility for it.
“Suffice to say that, we have embarked on a lot of activities since the beginning of the season to create a safe, family and gender friendly venue with a view to bringing fans and spectators back to the stadium in line with LMC’s directive and such behavior cannot be tolerated.”
The club said it would ban the identified person behind the incident from “our games indefinitely to serve as deterrent to others as we have a zero tolerance policy for soccer hooliganism.”