AFC Leopards coach Luc Eymael defends fans' decision to invade pitch

The Belgian says the fans were right to show their displeasure and accuses match referee for making questionable decisions especially the sending off of Wafula

By Otieno Otieno

AFC Leopards tactician Luc Eymael has defended fans who invaded the pitch leading to the abandonment of their KPL Top 8 match against Chemelil Sugar on Wednesday.

Eymael said some of the decisions made by the referee (Peter Waweru) were questionable and ended up inciting the fans.

“Some of the decisions made by the referee were questionable especially the sending off of Edwin Wafula. The fans had a right to show their displeasure and personally I understand their frustrations,” he told

He added: “It was a bit harsh to send off Wafula because he had not done what he was accused of doing. I was standing near him and can vouch that he did not touch his opponent as claimed by the referee.”

Eymael further claimed that his team was denied a penalty in the first half and pointed out the first goal scored by Chemelil came after an infringement.

“The referee had a fixed mind and was determined to make us lose whatever we did. We had many decisions going against us and this is not the way to go,” added the Belgian, whose yet to win a match since joining Ingwe as replacement for sacked Tom Olaba.

Eymael, who has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo previously, predicted that if the match  was being played in the Central African country, the referee would even have lost his life.

However, AFC Leopards vice-chairman Walter Onyino condemned the incident and said there was no justification for it.

“It does not matter what the referee did. There are better ways to protest and that does not include resorting to violence.”

The Top 8 fixture between Leopards and Chemelil was stopped in injury time after a section of fans invaded the pitch protesting the red card shown to Edwin Wafula.