An African club has now discovered its punishment after one of its officials was caught peeing in the middle of a match pitch on the weekend.
A photo of Shooting Stars official Auwal Mohammed recently made the rounds on social media after he was pictured urinating right in the middle of the pitch before a game in the Nigerian top flight on Sunday.
Stars had been set to take on Akwa United, with the match eventually finishing in a 2-2 draw at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.
With the bizarre incident having gone viral, it prompted a stern reaction from the Interim Management Committee, the body that manages the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
According to the BBC, the organisation has since sent a letter to Shooting Stars condemning Mohammed’s “despicable act”, and has also suspended the official from all NPFL activities for a year for bringing the division into disrepute.
The club has also been handed a fine of £900 (R19 900).
“You failed to control the conduct of your officials which resulted in Mr Auwal Mohammed urinating on the playing pitch in the full glare of the general public,” the letter read.
Stars were given 48 hours from the time of receiving the letter to submit an appeal, with the document also stating: “By Rule C26, 3SC management is required, within 48 hours of the date of this notice, to either: submit to the summary jurisdiction and the sanctions contained herein; or elect a date to be dealt with by a disciplinary panel.
“Any such election must be in writing and addressed to the undersigned at the office of the NPFL. Should you submit to the summary jurisdiction and the prescribed sanctions, kindly note that the fines therein are to be paid within 7 working days.
“Note that by Rule E1, where an appeal or election to be dealt with by a disciplinary panel fails or is found to have been frivolous, such party may be liable to such additional sanction(s) as may be deemed fit in the circumstances.”