Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has officially awarded Chemelil Sugar their abandoned Top 8 match against AFC Leopards which was called off on Wednesday after fans invaded the pitch.
The ruling means that Chemelil make it to the semi-finals of the tournament where they will face Thika United who edged out Sofapaka in the quarter-final. Chemelil were leading 3-2 by the time of abandonment.
According to a ruling by the KPL Limited signed by CEO Jack Oguda and copied to AFC Leopards secretary Winston Kituyi, the decision was arrived at after confirmation that Leopards’ fans were responsible for the abandonment in contravention of article 3.4 of the rules of the tournament.
The rule states thus:3.4 (a) Members and Supporters: Clubs are responsible for the conduct of their members and supporters and must ensure they behave in a fair manner and refrain from violent, threatening, abusive, obscene and other provocative and unsporting conduct or language at a match.
(b) Abandoned Matches: A club will forfeit any match which was abandoned because of the misconduct of their members or supporters.
(c) Financial Liability: Clubs are financially responsible for the medical expenses and reasonable compensation for any intentional injuries, property damage or loss suffered by other clubs, officials and players caused by club members or supporters during or immediately before or after a match.