By Goal.com Staff
Sports Stadia Management Board (SSMB) has slapped a ban on troubled AFC Leopards from using two of the countries biggest facilities fallowing crowd trouble that led to the abandonment of a KPL Top 8 fixture on Wednesday night.A statement signed by SSMB acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gabriel Komora states that the club has now been banned from using the two facilities - Nyayo and Kasarani - indefinitely and with immediate effect.
“Following recent trend of AFC Leopards’ fans of causing chaos and vandalism during football matches in our stadiums, the Sports Stadia Management Board has banned AFC Leopards from playing at both Nyayo National Stadium and Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. The ban takes effect immediately and will last indefinitely.”
Komora specifically took issue with Leopards supporters for vandalizing 70 seats during their league match against Chemelil Sugar played at Kasarani on February 24.
“Specifically, on February 24, during a match between AFC Leopards and Chemelil, AFC Leopards’ fans vandalized 70 seats at Kasarani Stadium. A demand letter accompanied by an invoice was sent to the club to repair the damages but the club declined to pay.”
“Again on April 17 at Nyayo National Stadium during a match involving AFC Leopards and Chemelil FC, the same fans went on rampage forcing the match to end prematurely.”
“Apart from invading the pitch, the fans broke a gate, shattered window panes, removed manhole covers and littered the stadium with stones and other objects."
"While we appeal to all fans to conduct themselves with civility and decorum while enjoying matches our stadiums, we also ask the clubs to control their fans failure to which they shall bear the costs of damages occasioned by their fans.”