The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee has fined Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards a cumulative Sh1million for the crowd trouble that marred their Kenyan Premier League match that was abandoned in the 68th minute after Gor Mahia won a penalty kick.
The IDCC has also recommended that the Kenyan Premier League have a bigger oversight role on security matters in the football matches. Following the proposal, the electronic ticketing be introduced in the league and matches be called off once a serious breach of security has occurred.
The ‘Match of the season’ did not live upto expectations as chaos ensued following a penalty decision awarded to Gor Mahia after Jackson Saleh handled the ball in the box.
Although the Ingwe captain nor the club’s players did not contest the decision, a faction of AFC Leopards fans started pelting foreign objects into the pitch, a scenario that persisted eventually leading to the abandoned of the match.
KPL ruled in favor of Gor Mahia who were awarded the match and a 2-0 scoreline.
“Having considered all relevant factors and in the exercise of our powers under Rule 7.8 of the Rules, we apportion liability between the 1st Respondent Gor Mahia) and 2nd Respondent (AFC Leopards) at 60%:40% with the fine assessed at KSh1,000,000.00 hoping that this will get the Respondents to find a way of controlling their fans and generally managing security in future matches.
“This means that the 1st Respondent, Gor Mahia Football Club will pay KSh600,000.00 while the 2ND Respondent, AFC Leopards SC will pay KSh400,000.00. This fine should be paid within 60 (Sixty) Days from the date hereof,” IDCC, chaired by Prof Migai Akech, said in its ruling released, Monday.
IDCC ruled that AFC Leopards was guilty of causing the abandonment of the match. “It’s clear its (AFC Leopards) fans made it impossible for the penalty to be taken. The referee had already made a call for the penalty to be taken and could not have continued with the match unless the penalty was taken.”
“From an assessment of the evidence and the submissions, a lot of the unfortunate events that happened on that day would have been avoided had proper security arrangements been put in place and the things agreed to be done, done. Gor Mahia failed to print enough tickets and failed to adhere to the safety and security guidelines that had been agreed upon,” IDCC said.
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