Empty stadium for Gor again, Leopards also stung by KPL fan bans

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 20, 2013
  • Fans take off from the terraces at a past disrupted Gor/AFC match. The two clubs will play their next home matches in empty stadia.(Photo:SNA File)

AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia have been ordered to play their next home matches behind closed doors after their fans were found guilt of disrupting a match by the Kenya Premier League Disciplinary body.

The teams are each scheduled to play Thika United in their next home games- Gor Mahia on June 26 and AFC Leopards face on July 1.

The Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee, IDCC ruled on Wednesday ruled that the two clubs failed to control their supporters during their last derby match on May 12, 2013 at the Nyayo National stadium that led to the disruption of the match for five minutes.

Gor Mahia who have in the past have been fined and penalized for failing to control their fervent fans, paid the price for an away game where they had argued that leopards as the hosts should bear the brunt as they were ‘solely responsible for the security ‘of the game.

Last season Gor Mahia played one of their home games against Chemilil in an empty stadium following crowd trouble. Drawing back from past matches against Ulinzi and Rangers IDCC it was the clubs prerogative to control their fans in all their games.

“Deterrent measures are therefore required, and we hereby direct that both AFC Leopards SC and Gor Mahia FC shall play their next home matches in empty stadia,” read the IDCC ruling in part.

The two clubs also face suspended fines of Ksh.1 million each of as much as six months for crowd violence in the remainder of the 2013 season.

AFC were also censured for unruly fans behavior in their match against Chemilil Sugar that had to be abandoned in injury time. Ingwe will undertake the costs of repairing an ambulance that was damaged following crowd trouble of about Ksh.100, 000.

“The committee commends AFC Leopards SC for the steps taken to initiate security plan and the innovative member registration and identification measures.”