FKF ready for tough action over crowd trouble next year
By Joseph Mwangi
Kenya Premier league teams unable to curb hooliganism from their fans will from next year bear heavy penalties with a deduction of upto 15 points from their log besides the now synonymous empty stadia penalty that clubs seem to be getting used to, Football Kenya Federation has warned.
This new penalty was recommended by the national football governing body FKF national executive Committee during yesterday’s NEC special meeting to deliberate on recent turn of event that have surrounded top three teams in the KPL.Last Sunday, chaos erupted after an explosive match between league champions, who are top of the league, Gor Mahia and second placed Sofapaka whereas 2012 champions Tusker fielded an extra player during their league match against Muhoroni Youth a fortnight ago.
Speaking, FKF president said “To curb these incidences of hooliganism and violence, from season 2015, such behavior will lead to deduction of up to 15 piont,” Nyamweya said. “This will serve as an example to all teams. We are not fearing any team, we shall crack the whip.” He said.
Following the meeting Gor Mahia and Sofapaka were both fined KSh500 000 and KSh 300 000 respectfully after they were found guilty of various offences. According to the deliberations, Sofapaka, playing host, was fined for the security lapse which led to the violence while Gor mahia was fined due to the disruption of the match, assault on Sofapaka stopper and causing the chaos. Further, K’Ogalo will now play their remaining two matches in empty stadia and will only be allowed to have fans next season once the team presents a comprehensive solution acceptable to the federation and the Kenya Premier League.
At the same time, the controversial Tusker, Muhoroni Match was awarded to muhoroni after it emerged that Tusker deliberately fielder an extra player during the match at the safaricon Kasarani stadium. “We have investigated and interviewed all who are concerned with the match and it is obvious Tusker had deliberately fielded 12 players (one more than the normal) and therefore, Muhoroni has been awarded the three points and a 2-0 score line,” Nyamweya noted. “We cannot stand and see the integrity of the game being ruined, those involved must be punished.”He lamented.
Tusker Head coach Francis Kimanzi was fined 100 000 shillings as was Team Manager Leonard Odipo while the fourth official, who handles matters of line ups and substitution, Badir Yasin was handed a four month ban. The first and second assistant referees Peter Kiriani and Oliver Ouma were both banned for three months.
Nyamweya also directed that the remaining league matches be played concurrently to ensure no team had undue advantage over the other.